A Florida middle school teacher used racial slurs while speaking to students, called them “idiots” and told white students not to date black students — and he repeatedly expressed his political views and support for Donald Trump in class.
But Duval County math teacher David Swinyar kept his job and received only a 10-day suspension without pay for his behavior.
Swinyar, who teaches at Kernan Middle School, used the n-word with students and according to a school district report, told his students in October 2017:
“If your boyfriend says bad things to you and/or treats you wrong, that means he’s acting like a n*****. You all should not be dating all these different African American boys because they are not worth it.”
A student from the middle school showed me this letter that was sent home for parents today regarding the investigation into the teacher at Kernan Middle School @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/dRKWyuvSlA
— Danielle Avitable (@DanielleANjax) March 7, 2018
In addition, the district found evidence that Swinyar had reviewed “inappropriate material” with his students while in the classroom.
“Mr. Swinyar also exercised poor judgment when he watched ‘porn’ in his classroom on his district laptop computer and/or on his cell phone,” the district’s report read.
Swinyar reportedly also called students “idiots” and “dumb.”
“You are in my class because you failed the FSA,” Swinyar told the students, referencing the Florida Standards Assessments issued annually.
At one point, Swinyar as discussed his political affiliations in class, a student tried called a parent to complain, but Swinyar grabbed the phone from the student’s hand — the incident was witnessed by more than two dozen students. When the Office of Equity and Inclusion confronted Swinyar on the matter, he both apologized and denied his offensive speech.
The Duval County School Board said had skipped over the usual steps of verbal and written warnings when it issued the 10-day suspension. The district explained he Swinyar was not terminated from his position to due
His lawyer told the FLorida Times-Union that he would be appealing the decision.