Racist Facebook Post About ‘Ghetto’ Trick-or-Treaters Lands Teacher on Leave

    October 30, 2013
    Josh Wolford
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A 51-year old Akron, Ohio orchestra instructor has been placed on paid administrative leave after posting a racist rant on Facebook about trick-or-treaters from “the ghetto.”

The post, in which he is apparently upset about some kids peeing on his telephone pole, tells them to take their “nigger-ass back where it came from”

Spondike deleted the post and then deleted his entire Facebook account, but the power of screenshots allows his post to live on forever:

Apparently, when confronted on Facebook about the post, Spondike defended himself, saying that he hears…

“[t]hat nigger word more than 25 times a day in a public school, where it is used thousands of times every day by black people.

I wish Firestone High School, and I am sure at other schools would stop openly and unabashedly using the word nigger,” he wrote. Racism is racism and to allow one race to use word and not another IS racist. What I said was absolutely NOT racist by any stretch of the imagination. If you want to go after racists, go after racists. If you want to be a language policeman, I suggest you find yourself in a George Orwell novel. When I try to get the teenagers in my school to stop using the word nigger, I only get laughed at.”

Akron Public School officials had this to say about the situation:

Akron Public Schools has put a veteran music teacher on paid, administrative leave as it now conducts an investigation into postings he made on Facebook. Fifty-one-year-old David Spondike posted comments on his personal Facebook page last evening following a night of trick or treating by children visiting his neighborhood. He has been employed by APS since August of 1998.

“His comments were unprofessional and unbecoming a teacher,” said Superintendent David W. James. “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.”

His comments have been removed and his account deleted. Spondike did offer this, after removing the comments and prior to deleting his account, saying he was sorry “to those who are sincerely offended.” He added that his comments on Facebook were directed at the teen who exposed himself in front of young children.

Spondike’s case will come up for review next week, but some parents at the school and civil rights leaders are already calling for his immediate termination.

Images via FOX 8, Thinkstock

  • Yep

    He is right. I used to live in the Akron-Canton area and know that high school really well and he told the truth. You will hear the n-word all day there and it is not used as a “positive” word. Heck, just go into the black community and you will hear the n-word all day long. Doubt what I say? Just go down to a basketball court in an inner city and listen. You will hear the word a hundred times in an hour.

    However, this is America. There four things you can not talk about truthfully: sex, sexual orientation, race, or gender. You must always say the politically correct thing even if is a lie or totally distorts the reality of a situation.

    • A Momma in the Akron-Canton Area

      My daughter is tutored by a math teacher who works at that high school. She is a nice girl, and polite, but no more than any teenager should be. The tutor regularly thanks her for her good manners and comments on how nice it is to not be referred to as “fool” or to not have to listen to her call her fellow students “nigger” all the time.
      It’s too bad that teachers who are regularly mistreated are again mistreated when they comment on their own time.

  • Tom

    Another politically correct knee jerk firing will occur because of this. Destroy a man’s life because he said a forbidden “word”. Take a news crew and go into any black neighborhood and see how they talk. I am actually more disappointed that the man talked disparagingly about poor people than the who n-word comment. It is easy for people to fall on hard times. He will soon find this out.

  • Don’tLieToMe

    Schools are going too far and infringing upon our rights as citizens of the USA! I am sick of these bitches. First it is a felony for a pre-school kid to make shooting noises at school and he goes to jail for it or he gets suspended, more or less them telling us what we can do outside of their phucking parameters!? Schools should phucking stay out of shit where they do NOT belong. THIS IS HIS NEIGHBORHOOD and he has every phucking right to express himself as he sees fits. PHUCK THIS SCHOOL! PHUCK the people running that phucking shithole.

    Additionally, it is apparently okay for white people to be called crackers by blacks but it is not okay for blacks to be called niggers by whites. PHUCK THAT SHIT!

    BRAVO Spondike! BRAVO!

  • eric

    I don’t think the uproar was solely about the use of the n-word.Maybe you need to go back and read what he says before he even uses that word.He bizarrely tries to defend himself by saying that he tries to get teenagers to stop using that word at his school(I’m guessing he doesn’t want them to use it as it as he finds it offensive?),but then thinks it is okay to use himself.He got what he deserved.

    • Yep

      Yes, he tried and failed to get people to stop using the word. The point being that everyone is using the word. We shouldn’t get bent out of shape when one persons uses it but turn a blind eye when 20 other people use it.

      If it is a bad word, then no one should use it. If it is so bad, blacks should stop using it all together. But the reality is that if a white person uses it then it is bad. If a black person uses it then it is ok.

      It is hypocrisy.

    • @eric

      Nothing bizarre about what he said. He is making a point. Blacks supposedly hate the word but continue to use it. We want to have two different sets of rules. One for whites. One for blacks. That is in and of itself, racist. Racist against whites.

      No, he did not get what he deserved. I assume you work. I assume you probably have said something you regret while working. Would you want to be fired for one failing in life?

      Everyone is a saint in this world and loves to tell people what they deserve until they are the ones in the cross-hairs. Then those very same hypocrites ask for mercy when before they didn’t want to give any.

    • KillerMcKiller

      @Eric – You are really grasping at straws. You know exactly what the teacher is talking about and you’ve seen it – we have ALL seen it. It’s a disgusting aspect of the black community that has sadly become part of mainstream popular culture today. You have kids calling one and other n’s all the time no matter the color of their skin. Pathetic. All the work of the civil rights leaders and this is what it was for? No one is reclaiming any word, they are perpetuating the use of a hateful word. Also, pulling you penis out in public is a sexual offense. If caught urinating in public you have to register as a sex offender. FACT! Now what’s worse. Someone who used the n word or a sex offender showing his little thing off to toddlers? That’s what you are defending. Those are the facts you are missing in your PC world gone awry.

  • http://www.webpronews.com/a-lot-of-people-hate-the-new-youtube-comments-2013-11#comment-673872 Using Real Names Online is bad

    So, another person used their real name online, said something & got fired, huh…will people learn now? Nope!

    That’s why NO ONE should EVER use Facebook or Google+ (or YouTube comments, now powered by Google+).

    Make your own blog, with a fake name…or find a “social network” that allows fake names (does one exist? or should I create it?)…& never tell your REAL friends where your Blog is or YOU will be connected to your fake name.

    • KillerMcKiller

      Ain’t that the truth! You think people would have learned by now.