School administration officials in Pasco County, Florida, have suspended a teacher for threatening a group of African-America students, saying, “Don’t make me call Donald Trump to get you sent back to Africa.” John Sousa, a teacher and coach of the boy’s golf team at Wesley Chapel High School, was forced to go on administrative leave after a concerned parent complained to authorities about the racially charged statement.
The Beaches Tampa Bay reports that Sousa walked up to three African-American female students in between class periods demanding to know what they were doing.
After learning about Sousa’s comments, Donnie Jones Jr., a father to one of the three girls, immediately took to his Facebook page:
Donnie Jones Jr.
November 9 at 12:55pm · Pasco, FL ·
Day 1 post Donald J Trump election. My child and two other students walking down the hallway at Wesley Chapel High School and a white male teacher asks them what are they up to. (it’s during period break so they are suppose to be there mind you) Anyway the teacher says to them “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. I damn near have tears in my eyes. Politics are Politics but once you say something to my child then it’s fucking on! I warn any mother fucker to say something sideways to my from now on! Mother fuckers are feeling froggy today so I’m about to play fucking frogger today and run some bitches down! People ask what blacks, Muslims, gays and others that are different have to fear. This is what we fucking fear. I’m not worried about Donald. I’m worried about the dumb fucks that feel like they can say and do whatever they want now because of him. I appreciate the Principal and Asst Principal for moving so fast on this, but it’s not something I would ever expect (yes I do) from a person that’s suppose to teach our children. Smh I’m fucking sweating and shaking…. come to find out it’s the damn golf coach at the school. John Sousa
Update some of you. The school is still doing their investigation 🙄 but one of my good friends located his phone number… Well being the parent that I am I called him. He actually admitted saying it. 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. Let’s be honest here. I could see if he said Donald’s going to deport everyone. (Even then I would have questions) but my daughter said he pointed at the 3 black students and said Donald’s going to send you back to Africa. I believe he’s sorry but he’s only sorry because he’s in trouble. Lastly I’m going to see what the school does. They can play around here if they want to.
Jones’ Facebook post quickly garnered traction on social media prompting an intervention from the school administration authorities.
Director of Communications and Government Relations for Pasco County Public Schools, Linda Cobbe, said, “the school district is very troubled if one of our employees did say what he is accused of saying. We take this type of alleged behavior very seriously and we will not tolerate it. We can’t stand for that. We expect civility. We are following our investigative procedures and will take appropriate action.”
Sousa admitted to making the offensive statement but said his comments were not intended to be racially charged.
He claims that he was referring to a larger group of students in the school corridor, an account Jones’ daughter describes as false.
BY MARK BABATUNDE