AKRON, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) — A music teacher was fired for posting a racist rant on Facebook last year.
Akron Public Schools tells WJW-TV that Firestone High School music teacher David Spondike was let go for saying the “N”-word in a Facebook post last Halloween.
“I don’t mind if you come to my neighborhood from the ghetto to trick-or-treat. But when you whip out your teeny d**** and piss on the telephone pole in front of my front yard and a bunch of preschoolers and toddlers, you can take your n*****-a** back where it came from. I don’t have anything against anyone of any color, but n******, stay out!” Spondike posted on Facebook.
Spondike admitted to the school district in November that he did post the rant and that he took “full responsibility” for what he did.
“I take full responsibility for the posting on Facebook which were done in a moment of anger and with unnecessary haste. Follow-up postings were done in answer to responses that I received from the first posting,” Spondike said in a statement to the district, according to WJW. “I take full responsibility for the language used and which has resulted in acrimonious comments from citizens in Akron.”
Spondike continued: “It is, however, my position that I have the right to use such language in explaining my feelings about the general state of the community in Akron. These remarks were in no way directed at the Akron School District or, to my knowledge, any person involved in the district.”
A referee’s 18-page decision determined that Spondike violated the district’s staff conduct and social media policies from his racist post.
This wasn’t the first time that Spondike ran into trouble with the school district. According to WKYC-TV, Spondike was accused of choking a Goodyear Middle School student in 2007 but was cleared because the claim was unsubstantiated. In February 2001, Spondike was accused of spitting on the floor because a student fell asleep and in December 2000, the teacher allegedly threw a chair across a classroom and cursed at students who made him angry.