Facebook Post Fallout: Civil Rights Leaders Call for Teacher to be Fired
AKRON–There is more fallout from a racist Facebook post written by a teacher at a local high school. Civil rights leaders are now calling for the school district to fire him.
For a story that aired just last week, FOX 8 recorded video of 51-year old Dr. David Spondike, as he taught his orchestra class at Firestone High School in Akron.
For now, Spondike is out of the classroom, facing the music for a controversial and racist Facebook post Sunday night that school officials say he has apologized for.
The posting was in response to trick-or-treaters apparently misbehaving near his home.
It says, in part, “I don’t mind if you come to my neighborhood from the ghetto to trick or treat, but when you ‘urinate’ on the telephone pole in front of my front yard you can take your N-word rear-end back where it came from…I don’t have anything against anyone of any color, but N-words, stay out.”
“I said that is one of our prestigious high schools and you mean we have that kind of person in the music department there and they said this is what it is and this is what he said and when they repeated that, It was just like someone had put hot water on me,” said Ophelia Averitt, president of the Akron chapter of the NAACP.
Averitt says members are gathering signatures on petitions, asking the Akron School District to remove Spondike from the classroom permanently.
“When you put things like that in the mind of young, old or otherwise, it’s often not forgettable; it’s a memorable thing; something that will take them through life and will say, I remember when. They don’t need all of those derogatory things as they climb the ladder to success,” she said.
For a second day, FOX 8 went to Spondike’s home in Copley to get his side of the story. No one answered.
“When I heard about it, I was shocked, but I was not surprised,” said Sheila Moore, who works with the NAACP, but says she also has a child at Firestone High School.
“I don’t want any teacher teaching my kids who do not know how to communicate with kids, treat them fairly and be an example,” said Moore.
“We just can never tolerate it anymore. Right now I would just burst with tears if I heard anybody using it,” said Averitt.
School officials say Spondike will remain on paid leave until a hearing is held within a week.