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A suburban Chicago high school teacher is accused of making antigay and racist remarks in front of his students this month.
Dave Burk, a consumer education teacher at Geneva High School, allegedly made the comments in a lecture on October 5 about tax money and the National Endowment for the Arts, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
"How would you feel about your tax dollars going to pay some black fag in New York to take pictures of other black fags?" Burk allegedly asked students, the Sun-Times reported.
Jordan Hunter, a 17-year-old gay student in the class, reported the comments to school officials and called for Burk to be fired. Other students confirmed that Burk made the same comment in their classes, Hunter said.
A lawyer for Burk said the teacher did not seek to "intentionally offend anybody," though he did not deny the accusations. He said, however, that he was not personally aware of the terms Burk used.
The allegations are expected to be a topic at the school board meeting Tuesday evening. The final decision, however, will likely rest with the assistant superintendent for personnel services.