CHARDON, OH (WOIO) - A Chardon school teacher was placed on unpaid leave after making an unprofessional statement to a middle school student.
Steve Patterson, a science teacher at Chardon Middle School, was suspended by the Chardon Board of Education following a meeting on Jan. 16.
According to the board of education, on Nov. 14, a student corrected Patterson for mispronouncing her name. He responded to the female student by saying, "Go back to your country."
Patterson acknowledged making the comment to the student and said he was trying to "kid with her."
The Chardon Local School Districts released a statement regarding the suspension:
The suspension was without pay for three days.