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Palm Beach Gardens teacher could be fired after classroom rant calling Haiti 'third-world island'

Posted at 8:50 PM, Jun 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-06 05:47:52-04

The Palm Beach Gardens High School teacher facing criticism for what some have called anti-Haiti comments he made in a classroom could be fired.

The principal at the school sent a letter to the superintendent recommending that math teacher Keith Tillman be fired after his outburst directed toward a Haitian student called the country "some third-world island."

The comment sparked outrage and protest with many calling the comments racist and anti-immigrant.

The principal pulled Tillman from the classroom after the incident. He was found in violation of three policies and might not be allowed to return to the school pending a vote by the school board at its next meeting.

"This is not a victory,” said Jame Leger, a Haitian activist and radio host. “We were not looking to get someone fired. We were looking to stop something that's going on that's not fair and to the Haitian community.”

During the investigation, Tillman defended himself saying that he had no intention of embarrassing the student. He said that in the moment he misspoke and his analogy was misinterpreted.

WPTV reached out to Tillman for further comment, but he didnt wish to say anything more.