Hearing begins for Ohio teacher over Obama comment

FAIRFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A hearing has begun for a southwest Ohio teacher who was suspended after allegedly telling a black student that the nation doesn't need another black president.

Teacher Gil Voigt (VOYT) told The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/OdOy1K ) Monday as he walked into the closed hearing he had requested that Fairfield school officials are trying to end his career. He has said previously he was misquoted.

School officials said the white teacher at Fairfield's freshman school told a black student who said he wanted to be president that the country doesn't "need another black president." Voigt claimed he said he thought the country "couldn't afford another president like (Barack) Obama, whether he's black or white."

The veteran teacher was suspended in December. He said his comments didn't have anything to do with skin color.