Ohio teacher suspended over alleged name-calling

KETTERING, Ohio - An Ohio school board wants to fire a teacher accused of calling students "idiots," "airheads" and "freaking morons."

The human resources director for the Kettering schools said Fairmont High School English teacher Michael Togliatti also repeatedly used profanity and ridiculed the district superintendent in class.

The Dayton Daily News reports the school board voted Tuesday night for Togliatti to be suspended without pay, pending termination.

School Principal Dan VonHandorf said a student complained about the teacher in the spring and the allegations were substantiated through talks with other students.

More than a dozen students spoke in support of Togliatti at the board meeting, describing him as respectful and caring.

The teacher's lawyer says Togliatti will appeal. Attorney John Doll predicts the claims won't hold up in a hearing.