There is an update to the story of the Chicago-area high school teacher who ranted against "black fags" during a lesson on funding the National Endowment for the Arts. The Geneva School Board has decided to issue a "warning" letter to Dave Burk for telling several classes 'How would you feel about your tax dollars going to pay some black fag in New York to take pictures of other black fags?', reports the Daily Herald.
"Instead, consumer education teacher Dave Burk will have a letter of reprimand placed in his permanent file, said his attorney, D.J. Tegeler. "Obviously, what he did was wrong," Tegeler said of Burk, who did not attend Tuesday's board meeting. "He admits what he did was inexcusable."
The veteran teacher came under fire last week after openly gay senior Jordan Hunter, 17, complained to the school district about Burk using a derogatory term to describe homosexuals in class lectures on government subsidies for the arts. Hunter, who was appalled by the comment, said he thinks Burk should be fired for using the rhetoric in front of students. "I'm disappointed and shocked" Burk will continue teaching, he said. "I thought they (the board) would take it more seriously than they did. He's more than entitled to his views and opinions, but there's no reason he needs to express them in the classroom."
Burk reportedly read a letter of apology to students in each of his classes Tuesday, saying he "used a very poor example of words" to make his point. "The message I conveyed was insensitive and hurtful," according to the letter. "This is not what I had intended."
Jordan Hunter says he is concerned about the example being set to students. "People need to know," Hunter told NBC5. "This is someone influencing the children on Geneva with their tax dollars."
A "warning" letter for a teacher who rants against "black fags" to several classes. Six months in jail for killing a black gay man. Are you starting to see a pattern here?