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Florida Teacher Suspended For Telling Students To Not Date "African-American Boys"

David Swinyar David Swinyar
Ellis Copeland | 11 March, 2018, 04:13

David Swinyar of Kernan Middle School in Jacksonville was suspended-not fired- for using the N-word while discussing relationships with his students.

Swinyar allegedly became aggressive towards his students.

While many students said they witnessed Swinyar say "n--r" in class, according to the newspaper, some told district investigators that Swinyar said he was sorry for saying it - or that he denied saying the word altogether.

"If your boyfriend says bad things to you and/or treats you wrong, that means he's acting like a n--", Swinyar said according to a student's testimony. He also made other inappropriate comments such as: "You are in my class because you failed the FSA", "You all should not be dating all these different African-American boys because they are not worth it", and calling students "dumb". The teacher also reportedly told his students not to date African-Americans "because they are not worth it". "So, clearly FEA is opposed to using racial slurs and derogatory language inside or outside the classroom".

When confronted with the offensiveness of his alleged behavior, Swinyar apologized and said he "never said that".

David Swinyar, a math teacher at Kernan Middle School in Jacksonville, Forida, allegedly made racist comments in a school with a black population of more than 22 percent.

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Swinyar tried to defend himself by saying he attends a black church, but then broke out in laughter and started mocking black preachers, according to students.

In the report, one parent said there needed to be a "heightened awareness surrounding racial issues in the country as a whole" and that she "believes our school system should seek to provide a safe haven for our students". And the entire school board who voted for just a suspension should be removed from office immediately. "The recommendation for a 10-day suspension without pay was approved by the Board on Tuesday, March 6 during the School Board meeting".

Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Patricia Willis said that, when his suspension ends, the math teacher "will be reassigned to an appropriate district position with no contact with students for the remainder of the year". "As an annual contract employee, Mr. Swinyar's employment contract with the district expires June 30, 2018".

After an investigation into the incident, the office said it found "credible evidence" to support the student's claims.

While the employee has not been the subject of a prior investigation, due to the severity of the conduct in the referenced investigation, several steps in the progressive discipline process were skipped.

A 25-year-old middle school social studies teacher in Florida was secretly hosting a white nationalist podcast, as well as expressing right wing extremist views, including racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim thoughts, on Twitter, in video interviews and in columns.

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