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Florida teacher accused of making Trump-related racial comment

'Don't make me call Donald Trump to get you sent back to Africa'

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WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. – A Florida teacher is accused of making a Donald Trump-related racial comment to African-American students the day after the election, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The students said Wesley Chapel High School teacher and boys golf team coach John Sousa approached them between classes and asked what they were doing. 

The father of one of those students wrote on Facebook that Sousa then said, "Don't make me call Donald Trump to get you sent back to Africa."

"When my child told me that I didn't know what to say. I was blown away. I'm not going to lie, I saw RED!!! I did almost 100 getting back up to that school. I'm beyond pissed right now," father Donnie Jones Jr. wrote in a Facebook post that's been shared more than 5,000 times.

The Pasco County School District told the Tampa Bay Times that Sousa has been placed on administrative leave while the claim is investigated.

Jones posted an update the following day, saying he called Sousa to confront him about the allegations and Sousa admitted to making the statement, but described it as an "off the wall" comment that wasn't meant to be racist. 

"I believe he's sorry but he's only sorry because he's in trouble," Jones wrote on Thursday. 

This incident is one of many Trump-related incidents reported at schools across the country since the election results were announced. 

Graffiti popped up on a bathroom wall at Oviedo High School last week saying, "Yall Black ppl better start picking yall slave numbers. KKK. 4Lyfe. Go Trump. 2016," according to the Orlando Sentinel.

At Bayside High School in Brevard, a student is accused of punching his classmate over Trump comments, read more about that here.

 


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