A Florida teacher has found himself under hot water after being suspended for allegedly repeatedly using the N-word in class.
David Swinyar teaches math at Kernan Middle School in Jacksonville, which is part of the Duval County School District.
The man allegedly told 7th and 8th grade students not to date African Americans “because they are not worth it,” among other allegations the school district reported after conducting an internal investigation.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. REPORT: Swinyar Said ‘If Your Boyfriend Says Bad Things to You…That Means That He’s Acting Like a N***R
According to the district investigation report obtained by the Huffington Post, Swinyar used the N-word in front of students on more than one occasion and advised them not to date black males.
“If my daughter was dating someone who used the ‘f’ word, I wouldn’t have any respect for that n****r,” the middle school teacher stated, according to the report.
The report also accused Swinyar of stating the following:
If your boyfriend says bad things to you and/or treats you wrong, that means that he’s acting like a n****r,” the middle school teacher stated, according to the report. “You all should not be dating all these different African Americans [sic] boys because they are not worth it.
Several students in Swinyar’s class served as witnesses for the report, with most stating that they clearly heard Swinyar use the derogatory term. Black students were among the witnesses who spoke out on the teacher’s disturbing behavior, according to the report.
2. He Is Also Accused of ‘Staring at Female Student’s Breasts’ & Belittling Pupils for Having Low Test Scores
In addition to being accused of using the N-word, a female student said Swinyar caused her to feel uncomfortable because he allegedly “makes female students uncomfortable by staring at their breasts and other parts,” the investigation uncovered.
In addition, the report said “Mr. Swinyar belittles students by talking down to them about their FSA scores.”
“You are only enrolled in my class because you performed poorly on the standardized testing (FSA),” the teacher is accused of telling his class.
3. One Student Called His Mother After a Disturbing Incident, & Swinyar Allegedly Responded by Calling Him a ‘Liar’
After Swinyar used the racial slur during the October incident, a student in his class went to the school’s office to call his mother and tell her about what happened.
“Mr. Swinyar yelled at the student and called the student a liar,” an office assistant told investigators. “He also snatched the phone away from the student.”
4. He Was Suspended Without Pay, But Will Keep His Job
CNN reported that Swinyar was given a 10-day unpaid suspension for the accusations against him. The teacher will also receive a “letter of reprimand and a mandatory referral to the Employee Assistance Program,” according to the publication.
CNN received a letter from Duval Schools Superintendent Patricia Willis which was also sent to board members Thursday. The letter stated:
Following the employee’s suspension without pay, he will be reassigned to an appropriate district position with no contact with students for the remainder of the year. As an annual contract employee, Mr. Swinyar’s employment contract with the district expires June 30, 2018. In May, recommendations for contract renewals for all annual employees will be considered.