AKRON, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) – A music teacher at Harvey S. Firestone High School is currently on paid administrative leave and is being investigated after he reportedly posted a racial rant on his personal Facebook account.
David Spondike, the 51-year-old teacher, went on a tirade about trick-or-treaters who came from another neighborhood over to his Copley neighborhood. His post used vulgar language in describing people “who came over from the ghetto.” He also used the “N” word a couple of times.
“His comments were unprofessional and unbecoming a teacher,” Akron Schools Superintendent David W. James said in a press release. “Regardless of whether he was on his own time and own account doing this, he is a teacher and his actions influence children. This is serious.”
Spondike has deleted his post and closed his account. Before doing so, Spondike said he was sorry “to those who are sincerely offended” according to the press release.
“He did apologize to the principal this morning. I know that, so again, he’ll have high right to due process. We’ll investigate,” James added in the press release.
The matter is now in the Ohio Department of Education’s hand where Spondike can face disciplinary action including termination.
Copley Police Chief Michael Mier told Ohio.com that the department did not receive any complaints around the township during the town’s Halloween celebration Sunday.
According to his personal file obtained by WEWS-TV, Spondike has been disciplined three other times since he was hired in 1998.
The station reported that in 2000 he used the “F” word and threw a chair in the classroom. In 2001 he spat on the floor in the classroom after a student fell asleep during class. In 2007, he was investigated for allegedly assaulting a student but was clear of any wrong doing by Akron police. He has received written reprimands and was referred to counseling following the three incidents.
Before becoming a teacher, Spondike worked in television including an assistant director for The Jerry Springer Show between 1991 and 1992.