Ohio teacher's vulgar Facebook rant about trick-or-treaters lands him on paid leave

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AKRON, Ohio - An Akron Firestone High School music teacher is on paid administrative leave Monday after a Facebook rant describing a few trick-or-treaters was posted over the weekend.

The teacher, 51-year-old David Spondike, described the trick-or-treaters who came over from the "ghetto" by using the N-word two times. In the post, he also described individuals urinating on a telephone pole on the teacher's front lawn.

Akron Schools Superintendent David W. James said, in a news release, "Regardless of whether he was on his own time and own account doing this, he is a teacher and his actions influence children."

Late Monday morning, the Facebook posting had been taken down.

Before deleting his account, Spondike apologized "to those who are sincerely offended," according to the news release. The district says his comments were directed at a teen who exposed himself in front of young children.

Mark Williamson with Akron Public Schools tells WCPO's Cleveland sister station, WEWS, that "when something like this happens we send our evidence to the Ohio Department of Education."

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