Was John Sousa a Wesley Chapel Florida high school teacher just joking? An educator will find out if he is suspended without pay after racist comments.
John Sousa a Florida high school teacher has been suspended after threatening to send his black students ‘back to Africa.’
The Wesley Chapel High school teacher’s suspension came after the man told a group of teenagers, ‘Don’t make me call Donald Trump and get you sent back to Africa.’
Pasco County, Tampa school district leaders met with the teacher who also coaches the boys golf team on Friday whereupon they decided to place Sousa on administrative leave pending an investigation.
Photographer Donnie Jones Jr. claimed the teacher made the comments to a group of African-American girls.
The comment was allegedly made during a break between classes at the school.
Jones wrote that he actually called Sousa to find out what happened.
‘He actually admitted saying it,’ Jones wrote. ‘He said it was just an off the wall comment and wasn’t meant to be racist.
‘He said it was a bunch of male and female students in the hallway and he was talking to everyone. I believe he’s sorry but he’s only sorry because he’s in trouble.
‘I’m going to see what the school does. They can play around here if they want to.’
Told District spokesperson Linda Cobbe via ABC Action News: ‘If he in fact said that, it’s absolutely unacceptable,’
Adding: ‘It exhibits very poor judgment and we will take appropriate action.’
‘We take this type of alleged behavior very seriously and we will not tolerate it. We are following our investigative procedures and will take appropriate action.’
Offered Wesley Chapel High School parent Latasha Holmes: ‘I’m a little disappointed to hear that, actually from a person that’s dealing with our kids, our students.’
Told another parent, Teddy Velazquez: ‘This is the reason why a lot of these things that were going on during the debate, have to be addressed and kind of like, you know, put at ease and put in perspective because people now just can’t come out and make comments like that. It’s just not right.’
Of note, Sousa was reprimanded once before, in August 2015 after he made inappropriate comments when a student failed to graduate on time.
On that occasion, Sousa was given a written warning and told specifically not to make disparaging comments about pupils in the future.
Depending on the results of this investigation Sousa could be suspended without pay.
A decision could come as soon as Tuesday notes a report via the dailymail.