Ohio teacher fired over alleged Obama comment

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- An Ohio teacher has been fired after allegedly telling a student who said he wanted to become president that the nation didn't need another black commander-in-chief.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/1kIkFmQ) the Fairfield Board of Education voted 4-0 to fire science teacher Gil Voigt on Thursday.

Voigt did not return a call for comment Friday but has said that the student misquoted him.

Voigt says what he actually told the teen was he doesn't think the nation can afford another president like Barack Obama, "whether he's black or white."

A state referee investigating Voigt found that explanation was "not credible."

The referee also cited other incidents over the years in which he says Voigt made other racial or insulting remarks.

Voigt had been on unpaid leave since December.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com