The resignation will be voted on by the Board of Education on Tuesday.

BAXLEY, Ohio – A Teacher at Bexley High School who was placed on leave following a racist incident last week, has resigned.

Principal Jason Fine sent an email to parents Friday night informing them that the teacher had resigned. The resignation will be voted on by the Board of Education on Tuesday. The teacher will not be working with any students and will not be returning to classrooms effectively immediately.

Last Friday, the school district said an image appeared on a green screen behind two students reading the morning announcements. After the students read a fact about Black History Month, a picture of an orangutan eating a watermelon appeared.

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The incident outraged parents, one of whom threatened to sue the district if the teacher was not fired. Students also walked out on Friday afternoon in protest.

You can read the manager’s email below:

The teacher in charge of the middle school ad has resigned and will no longer be working with any of our students or returning to any of our classrooms effective immediately.

The teacher has been placed on administrative leave while we investigate how racist imagery was used in the school’s announcements on Feb. 3 and his role as an announcement watchdog.

The resignation vote will be taken by the Board of Education at a special meeting on Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. Although this special meeting is open to the public, there will be no public comment.

We know that this cannot be seen as some kind of end or closure and we are unwavering in our commitment to continuing efforts to eradicate racism in Bexley schools.

Dr. Jason Fine, Superintendent

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