“Don’t make me call Donald Trump and get you sent back to Africa,” racist teacher, John Sousa tells African-American students of the Wesley Chapel high School.
Florida high school teacher and golf coach is under fire today after he allegedly told Black students: “Don’t make me call Donald Trump and get you sent back to Africa,” the Houston Chronicle states.
The racist teacher, John Sousa works at Tampa Bay-area Wesley Chapel High School. On Friday he was placed on administrative leave after the alleged incident.
Pasco investigates Wesley Chapel High teacher for Trump-related racial comment https://t.co/kGG0EzIflr pic.twitter.com/LmE9eTyFeX
— Tampa Bay Times (@TB_Times) November 10, 2016
The parent of the student who made the accusation took to Facebook to voice his concern.
“He actually admitted saying it. He said it was just an off the wall comment and wasn’t meant to be racist. He said it was a bunch of male and female students in the hallway and he was talking to everyone,” the student’s father, Donnie Jones Jr., wrote. “Let’s be honest here. I could see if he said Donald’s going to deport everyone. (Even then I would have questions) but my daughter said he pointed at the 3 black students and said Donald’s going to send you back to Africa. I believe he’s sorry but he’s only sorry because he’s in trouble.”
Pasco County school district officials, who received calls and Facebook messages about the alleged incident, acted quickly. They placed Sousa on administrative leave while assigning an employee relations investigator to check out the claims.
“We take this type of alleged behavior very seriously and we will not tolerate it,” district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said. “We are following our investigative procedures and will take appropriate action.”
Racist teacher, Sousa, who is white, could not be reached for comment. The director of employee relations is scheduled to interview him Friday morning.
The comment is one of a growing number of incidents reported around the state and country in the aftermath of the heated and vitriolic presidential campaign, which often pitted whites against minorities.
A website called “The 74” has compiled numerous examples of fights and harassment since Trump’s victory.
Incidents include fifth-graders chanting “Build the wall!” at a Hispanic classmate, and graffiti on bathroom walls telling black students to “start picking your slave numbers. … Go Trump.”
He later added that he spoke to Sousa. He said the teacher told him he did not intend to be racist and apologized.
In an interview Thursday, Jones said the teacher told him he was making his comment to everyone in the hallway. But Jones’ daughter said Sousa pointed directly at three black teens.
“Unacceptable behavior at the end of the day,” Jones said
He wrote on Facebook: “I believe he’s sorry but he’s only sorry because he’s in trouble.”
Great job #DonaldTrump. Empowering people like #JohnSousa. #WesleyChapel https://t.co/YbkWKhqX8u
— AP (@SnoopAVP) November 14, 2016
Several parents offered their support to the family and condemned the alleged action. By late Thursday afternoon, Jones’ original Facebook post had been shared more than 3,600 times. It had received nearly 2,000 reactions and more than 100 comments.
Jones said he didn’t expect the post to blow up as it did, but wasn’t surprised given the current political environment.
“I’m waiting to see what Pasco County does,” he said.
Punishment could range from a suspension with pay to termination, said Linda Cobbe, director of communications for the district, Daily News reports.
Students reported the incident and an investigation was immediately launched, Cobbe told the Daily News.
The racist teacher had already been placed on administrative leave by the time of Jones’ message, Cobbe said.
“Pasco County Schools takes this alleged behavior very seriously and we will not tolerate it,” Cobbe said in a statement. “We are following our investigative procedures and will take appropriate action.”
District spokesperson Linda Cobbe said the incident is being looking into and that appropriate action will be taken, The Root states.
According to the Chronicle, a final decision on whether or not Sousa—who also coaches golf—will be returning to the school could be announced as soon as Tuesday.
This teacher really needs to be sanctioned for his irresponsible behavior. It must be shocking to find out that such bigots make their way into a noble profession like teaching. Using Trump as a cover to indulge in racial abuse can not be an excuse, all these people only speak for themselves and should answer for their words.