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Dec 29 2013

Gil Voigt, a Thought Criminal on His Way to Room 101

“It’s a free country” used to be a common expression. You don’t hear it so much anymore. After all, in a free country, a teacher might get away with being alleged to have said, “we don’t need another black president” after the Obama debacle without an axe immediately coming down on his head:

The Fairfield [Ohio] board of education this week suspended teacher Gil Voigt (VOYT’) without pay. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports (http://bit.ly/1ilf5qv) that board president Dan Murray said the suspension is the first step in the termination process. The teacher has 10 days from formal notification to appeal before the school board. …

Voigt reportedly told school officials he was misquoted. He has taught at Fairfield since 2000.

Did he really even say it? As Shrillary might screech, “What difference does it make?” He has been branded as a thought criminal. His career is over.

Meanwhile, teachers who sexually molest students remain on the public payroll.

On a tip from Wiggins.

Update:

Judging by some comments, it wasn’t as obvious as I thought that I am not endorsing what Voigt said; I am expressing terror at the idea of living in a country where children can instantly end your career by accusing you of a thought crime.



20 Responses to “Gil Voigt, a Thought Criminal on His Way to Room 101”

  1. ODA315 says:

    Soooooo….. what’s wrong with saying “we don’t need another black president”?

  2. SNuss says:

    We don’t need THIS black president. The problem is his socialist/Marxist agenda, not his pigmentation.

  3. TED says:

    His BLACKNESS isn’t the problem, his REDNESS is!

  4. TED says:

    I wonder if he said we don’t need another half-black president if he would have gotten suspended WITH pay?

    If he said we don’t need another Bush he would have gotten tenure…

  5. Rachel says:

    Now I know y I liked mr voigt. He was a good teacher and made a comment that was very true. Im going to congratulate mr Voight next time I see him. This is bull.

  6. JoeK Loth says:

    I live in Fairfield and this teacher should still be teaching at our middle school. There is nothing wrong with what he said. I hope he sues the school district for violating his 1st Amendment Rights.
    I STAND WITH WHAT MR. GIL VOIGHT SAID.

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  8. Dr. 9 says:

    “Political correctness is a far greater threat to our freedom and liberty than is terrorism…” — Spider

  9. Spurwing Plover says:

    The entire Board of Education needs to be suspended without pay and evicted from their homes as well

  10. embarrassed white guy says:

    It’s nice to know the all the racists rednecks in this country have a nice self support site like moonbattery.

  11. paco says:

    you gotta be kidding, defending this guy. Do you really think “it’s a free country” includes making a clearly racist remark to an African-AMERICAN student? He didnt say “we don’t need another socialist president”. Your reasoning is consistent with the illogic of defending the Phil Robertson’s “1st Amendment rights”. He is allowed to say whatever he likes without government persecution – that’s the 1st Amendment. The 1st Amendment does not guarantee employment. Y’all need to go back to school. Learn your Constitution (as well as social studies, logic and how to get along with others).

  12. paco says:

    sorry, should have said that he was alleged to have made the remark. Obviously I have no insight whether he actually said such a stupid and hurtful thing to a kid.

  13. Paco says:

    Thanks for clarifying, but where in your entry do you imply anything EXCEPT endorsement of his alleged comments? And look at the responses of your commentators. Do you take any responsibility for fomenting such racism and anger? You don’t get to spout hateful ideas and then imagine you have clean hands when something tragic happens.

  14. Don says:

    Probably an overreaction to a misinterpretation, which is tragic in these circumstances. Is there any corroboration? We really don’t know what was said; the teacher and student may have had a more involved conversation than what was reported. It is speculation, but I could easily see the teacher concluding with “We don’t need another president like Obama” and having the kid think that the observation was racial. Or, the teacher could have said that the barrier was already crossed once. At any rate, this is a typical rush to judgment with no facts, out to lynch the teacher (and please, no whining about lynching being racist, since it has happened to all sorts of people both literally and figuratively).

  15. Anonymous says:

    I live in Fairfield and go to Fairfield Freshman school and I am currently or I was a student of Mr. Voigt and I never seen him as a racist person but I have seen him disrespect my classmates in a way that is not necessary.

  16. Jack Meoff says:

    Mr. Voigt let his mouth get him in more trouble. He has been in trouble before, by making racist comments. I would hope to believe a teacher would help to build the confidence of a kid, instead of ruining it.

  17. Bitter Scribe says:

    Judging by some comments, it wasn’t as obvious as I thought that I am not endorsing what Voigt said; I am expressing terror at the idea of living in a country where children can instantly end your career by accusing you of a thought crime.

    So you don’t endorse what he said, but you just don’t think he should have to suffer any consequences for it.

  18. Bitter Scribe says:

    Judging by some comments, it wasn’t as obvious as I thought that I am not endorsing what Voigt said; I am expressing terror at the idea of living in a country where children can instantly end your career by accusing you of a thought crime.

    So you don’t endorse what he said, but you just don’t think he should have to suffer any consequences for it.

  19. Brendan_M says:

    People who don’t think public school teachers should be racist and abusive towards students are the real racists. And isn’t the “instant” end of this asshole’s career (which actually took years of incidents and a months-long review) just a distraction from Benghazi?

  20. Brendan_M says:

    People who don’t think public school teachers should be racist and abusive towards students are the real racists. And isn’t the “instant” end of this asshole’s career (which actually took years of incidents and a months-long review) just a distraction from Benghazi?


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