A former Florida teacher has been banned from teaching in the Sunshine State until at least next summer after making disparaging and anti-immigrant comments in class, according to a report.
Boca Raton Middle School teacher Susan Oyer, 54, was accused of telling her students, “I’m going to call immigration on you,” “I’m surprised your parents haven’t thrown you to a wall” and “Oh look at (name deleted) I’m not even American talking,” the Sun Sentinel reported.
Oyer’s license has been suspended for six months and she must pay a $1,000 fine and complete a course on classroom management if she wants to teach again, the Education Practices Commission ruled.
The ex-teacher, who worked for the district from 1998 until last spring, may be eligible to teach again next year, but it won’t be in Palm Beach County, the newspaper reported.
Superintendent Donald Fennoy recommended that the school board boot her March 18, but the panel never voted on it.
“The matter was resolved by way of a settlement agreement allowing Ms. Oyer to resign and agree that she is ineligible for reemployment with the district,” a spokeswoman told the Sun Sentinel.
The district began investigating Oyer in October 2019, after Principal Peter Slack reported that parents were complaining about he remarks, which students and parents found “offensive, insulting or embarrassing,” a district report said.
During the 2012-13 school year, Oyer was accused of telling students that then-Gov. Rick Scott should be “kicked out or assassinated.”
In 2012, a girl said the teacher told her that her pants were too tight and she shouldn’t look like a “hoochie missy,” according to a state commission.
And in 2013, when another girl explained she was traveling to Mexico with her dad to get ingredients for his eatery, Oyer said in front of the class, “Ingredients for what? A bomb?” the report said.
The teacher also allegedly insulted black students who didn’t know the answer to a test question was the 1970s TV dance show “Soul Train,” calling them “a disgrace to their race,” according to the state report.
In the earlier cases, Oyer reached a settlement that required her to accept a letter of reprimand, a $750 fine and probation for three years.
Neither Oyer nor her lawyer could be reached by the paper for comment.
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