News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Knight Foundation

Metro RTA

Northeast Ohio Medical University


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Education


Akron school board decides fate of Facebook-ranting teacher
Firestone music teacher David Spondike initially denied posting a racist rant, then admitted he did it, but says he has the right to use offensive language
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


Reporter / Host
Jeff St. Clair
 
Firestone music teacher David Spondike thanks his supporters in a Nov. 4th YouTube video. In earlier videos he claimed a racial epithet-filled Facebook post was written by a teenage acquaintance. Later, in a letter to school officials, he took credit for the rant.
Courtesy of YouTube
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

The Akron school board is meeting tonight to vote on whether to fire a Firestone High School music teacher accused of posting a racist rant on Facebook.

WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports on David Spondike's evolving explanations.

LISTEN: Spondike hearing

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:04)


David Spondike, in a racial epithet-filled Facebook rant, complained of a youth urinating in his yard during trick-or-treat night in Copley. The next day the post was anonymously forwarded to media outlets, and school officials immediately placed Spondike on paid leave.

Last month, in a bizarre series of YouTube videos, Spondike denied writing the post. He claimed the teenage son of a friend visiting his house wrote it, someone he was trying to protect from media scrutiny. 

“You don’t put your friend’s son through what I’ve just been through in the past week.”

Then, ahead of a Nov. 21 disciplinary hearing, Spondike reversed his story. In a letter to Akron schools he took full responsibility for the offensive post, saying it was written in a moment of anger. Spondike also wrote that he has “the right to use such language,” and that the post was not directed at anyone in the district.  

The board decides tonight whether Spondike’s racist language, although used outside of school, violates district free-speech policies.
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio Republicans protest the loss of Mt. McKinley
I believe the U.S.gov't. was overstepping its bounds by renaming a mountain that belongs to Alaska. How would we like it if Alaska (or any other state) telling ...

Could University Circle developments ripple into East Cleveland?
Outsiders are so far off the beaten path and you all need to attend the meeting being held today 8/31/15 Cleveland Public Library, 1:00 PM. http://44112news.co...

ResponsibleOhio leader says the state is trying to set Issue 3 up for failure
Ohio suppose to believe that a group of investors were united under one cause to legalize marijuana.Once legal they all of sudden turn into 10 different compani...

Terry Pluto: U of A's new athletic director has the toughest job in town
It is a hard sell. The Students do not want to go to the football games and they do not want to pay for the program. They have a lot of student loan debt and t...

Akron considering the future of the B.F. Goodrich smokestacks
This BFGoodrich alumna says, "Thank you, Dave Lieberth!"

State creates panel to look at Ohio charter school sponsors
It is more than disturbing that charter schools, which seemed like a good idea years ago, have begun to cripple public school education.

DEVO mural in Akron is now on display downtown
The installation is not at the former site of Chili Dog Mac. CDM was one block north on the other side of Main St.

New report shows growth in white collar jobs for Northeast Ohio
Unfortunately, there are fewer jobs in comparison to the number of professionals applying for them. I have been had a full time job since June 2012. In order to...

Advocacy group: Ohio could lead in clean energy
Ohio Legislators, You are supposed to be our leaders but you're not taking us where we want to go - where we need to go!

Campaign for and against marijuana legalization begins
Cannabis legalization needs to happen as soon as possible! But not if it gives monopolies to a selected few to grow and sell the herb. Responsible Ohio's mono...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University