Florida Teacher Allegedly Using Racial Slur Against Biracial Student Faces Petition To Be Fired
A petition is circulating online calling for a fl The high school teacher gets fired for several things, allegedly calling a biracial student a “moron”, giving Nazi salutes to a German exchange student, and making students pay him to increase their grades.
Todd Harvey — a Wharton high school teacher in Tampa who has faced numerous complaints over the past 25 years — has been described as a “serial abuser” who is racist, homophobic, and misogynistic, according to a Change.org Petition, which currently has 523 signatures.
Here’s Todd Harvey, everyone. https://t.co/jt04fYDkaz pic.twitter.com/7roboPYqQ2
– Karly (@KarlyRican_) March 13, 2023
A Florida teacher has been called homophobic, racist, and misogynist” in a petition to fire him
“Todd Harvey is a serial offender with over 20 documented offenses against minors in the classroom,” the petition states. “He’s a homophobic, racist, misogynistic person who should never be a teacher.”
He continues: “His immediate termination is required on behalf of parents and students.”
The petition also calls for a “thorough investigation” by both law enforcement officials and the school after Harvey’s history of complaints first surfaced in a disclosure by Tampa Bay Times.
The news outlet obtained school district records that reveal at least 23 alleged complaints of misconduct since he began teaching at the school back in 1997.
The teacher has received at least 23 complaints of misconduct since starting work at the school in 1997
Harvey was once suspended without pay for five days for making racially “insulting” remarks and also found himself in trouble after allowing students to pay him to increase their grades, according to the Times.
One parent complained in 1999: “I understand it is not uncommon for this man to reduce students to tears.”
He was threatened with dismissal at least twice, but officials eventually allowed him to continue teaching. The Times reported that one student described his classes as “barbaric”.
The alleged complaints include sexually inappropriate remarks. Harvey reportedly called one of the girls a “whore” and told another that he would marry her after she turned 21.
Harvey admitted that the “rotten” comment was a joke he now regrets.
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He also told the students that same-sex couples should not be allowed to marry in a church, and that women should stay at home rather than in the workplace, according to a Times report.
Allegations were made against Tampa teacher Todd Harvey that he mocked the female, black, Latino, and gay students in his class for more than 20 years.
Harvey has been accused of calling the biracial girl a “fool,” and of making the Nazi salute at a German school
– Amanda Vos (@AmandaVos7) March 14, 2023
Harvey is said to have singled out some girls with “thunder thighs,” telling them they shouldn’t wear shorts.
The list of complaints includes ridicule of Latino students, Nazi salutes, allowing students to cheat on a test
And the list of complaints goes on: He reportedly mocked Latin students for “hairy and eating rice and beans” and called the German exchange student “Germany,” not by his real name.
Another German exchange student filed a complaint against Harvey for making a Nazi salute in class. Harvey defended the act as part of a Holocaust lesson.
And the headmaster once admitted that “everyone” knew Harvey had a pitcher on the school’s baseball team intentionally throw a ball at the head of an opposing player, which Harvey denied.
He was last reprimanded in February 2017 for “unprofessional behavior” for allowing students to cheat on an exam, while forcing administrators to invalidate their scores, according to the outlet.
Todd Harvey…. Teaching should not be this long!!!!
Florida teacher allegedly called biracial student a ‘moron’, used Nazi salute https://t.co/c8BQq9ZFGN via @employee
TeamSanvers March 15, 2023
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Meanwhile, not all complaints have been formally filed, such as the one by Melanie Copeland, who told the Tampa Bay Times that Harvey once asked how she described her race on government forms because it was race-biased, and she claimed she should put . “
Copeland was so upset that her mother ended up removing her from the school district entirely.
Perhaps the most damning charge against Harvey is that he bullied a transgender student who eventually died by suicide. Authorities claim the student was disturbed by an argument with Harvey earlier that day.
Harvey allegedly tortured the student, an unnamed friend told the outlet, telling the student he looked like a school shooter and “a psychopath.
Those interested in signing the petition to dismiss Harvey can do so here.