A Firestone High School teacher who was fired for his racially tinged Halloween rant on Facebook is appealing his termination.
David Spondike, who was fired by the Akron Board of Education on June 16, filed an appeal Friday in Summit County Common Pleas Court. He is arguing that his termination was wrongful, a breach of contract and violated the equal protection clauses of the Ohio and U.S. constitutions. He is seeking to be reinstated and awarded back pay and attorney’s fees.
The school board fired Spondike at the recommendation of a referee who found that Spondike’s Facebook postings last October — in which he repeatedly used the N-word — violated the district’s staff conduct and social-media policies. The derogatory posts were made after Spondike said a black teen urinated on a utility pole outside his Copley Township home when the township held its trick-or-treating Oct. 27.
Spondike is requesting a jury trial. The case has been assigned to Judge Tom Teodosio.