Chicago Teacher Tells Students: Taxes Shouldn't Be Spent On Black Fags
A Geneva High School teacher is being accused of making anti-gay and racist comments in his classroom.
Dave Burk, who teaches consumer education, is accused of making the comments by his students during an Oct. 5 lecture on tax money involving the National Endowment for the Arts.
"How would you feel about your tax dollars going to pay some black fag in New York to take pictures of other black fags?" Burk allegedly asked, according to student Jordan Hunter.
Burk's attorney, D.J. Tegeler, said Monday he was not personally aware of the terms Burk used to his classes, but that Burk apologizes for any offense.
"Mr. Burk is cooperating fully with both the principal, the dean of students and the school board," Tegeler said. "Mr. Burk's biggest problem is he does not want to intentionally offend anybody and if he did, he apologizes."
Tegeler said Burk will abide by any punishment the district picks. "We have no intention of fighting anything," Tegeler said.
Hunter, who reported Burk to the administration, wants Burk fired.
"If he wants to talk about a poor place to put our tax dollars, I think his salary is a poor place to put our tax dollars," said Hunter, who is gay.
Hunter said several other students have contacted him, saying Burk repeated the same phrase in all his classes. "He's free to feel any way he wants, but [with him] being in a position of influence like that over children, I don't think he should be using that position to make statements like that," said Hunter, 17, of Geneva.
School board member Matt Henry said Hunter's allegations might come up during tonight's board meeting, but the board's plan is to leave the issue to Craig Collins, the assistant superintendent for personnel services, who could not be reached for comment.
"We heard about it, and pretty much it's a personnel issue," Henry said. "I understand [Collins] and the principal handled it."
Board member Mark Grosso said he thinks it will be discussed officially in the closed session of the meeting.
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Dave Burk is a teacher in the business department. The principal is Mr. Thomas Rodgers. Call him at 630-463-3800 and tell him to fire this teacher.