Monday, David Spondike, an Ohio music teacher was put on administrative leave for a racially insensitive Facebook post he made over the weekend about a trick-or-treater from “the ghetto” urinating on a telephone pole:
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**ks and piss on the telephone pole in front of my front yard and a bunch of preschoolers and toddlers, you can take your N****r ass back where it came from. I don’t have anything against anyone of any color, but n****rs, stay out!
Firestone High School, the school Mr. Spondike is employed at, is a predominantly black school.
Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James was ‘shocked’ by the post:
I was actually shocked that a person who’s in a school that has a large minority population who actually live in the neighborhood, who works with kids of color on a daily basis, with staff members or with a superintendent, with a lot of different officials. We’re in a multicultural society. I was actually shocked and very disappointed.
According to James, Mr. Spondike may have broken several district policies, like racist language, speech in non-instructional settings, and acceptable use of technology.
Spondike has since removed the post and replaced it with this…..apology.
1. The post contains the “n-word”.
2. I sincerely apologize to those who are sincerely offended by the post; it was promptly removed.
3. I am not going to say that “someone hacked my Facebook page”, like most people do.
4. “Racism” implies prejudging, which is clearly not what happened here.
5. Making any excuse for allowing one race to use a word and condemning another race for using the same word is institutionalized racism in and of itself, regardless of the justification used.
6. The incident surrounds the criminal behavior described below, where a teenager exposed himself in front of young children, urinating on a telephone pole in broad daylight during trick-or-treating.
Now it appears the account has been closed.
Firestone High has removed Spondike’s profile and information from the school’s website.