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Ohio teacher investigated for alleged racial rant on Facebook, report says

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(CBS) AKRON, Ohio - A music teacher at an Ohio high school is being investigated after he allegedly posted a racial rant on his personal Facebook account, reports CBS Cleveland.

David Spondike, a 51-year-old teacher at Harvey S. Firestone High School in Akron reportedly went on a tirade about trick-or-treaters who came to his home in Copley from another neighborhood. His post purportedly used vulgar language in describing people "who came over from the ghetto." He also used the "N word" a couple of times.

"His comments were unprofessional and unbecoming a teacher," Akron Schools Superintendent David W. James said in a press release. "Regardless of whether he was on his own time and own account doing this, he is a teacher and his actions influence children. This is serious."

Spondike was placed on paid administrative leave, CBS Cleveland reports.

He has since deleted the Facebook post and has closed his account, according to the station. Before doing so, Spondike said he was sorry "to those who are sincerely offended," according to the press release.

"He did apologize to the principal this morning. I know that, so again, he'll have his right to due process. We'll investigate," James added in the press release.

It is up to the Ohio Department of Education to decide whether Spondike will face disciplinary action, including termination, according to the station.

Station WEWS-TV reported that Spondike's personnel file shows he has been disciplined three other times since he was hired in 1998.

The station reported that in 2000 he used the "F" word and threw a chair in the classroom. In 2001, he allegedly spat on the classroom floor after a student fell asleep during class and in 2007, he was investigated for allegedly assaulting a student but was later cleared of any wrong doing by Akron police. Spondike reportedly received written reprimands and was referred to counseling following the three incidents.

Before becoming a teacher, Spondike worked in television and, between 1991 and 1992, was an assistant director for The Jerry Springer Show, reports the station.

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