PEKIN — A teacher accused of making racist and anti-Semitic statements on the Internet has resigned from his position at Pekin Community High School.
According to a news release from District 303, the unnamed teacher is no longer working at the high school. In the release, the district said it was able to “confirm that the teacher made a number of troubling and offensive posts on a private Web-based message board.” The release was signed by Superintendent Danielle Owens.
But when reached later, she confirmed the teacher was Social Studies teacher Kevin Pummill. The superintendent said the comments were made on the IdentifyEvropa. The group, which was labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center disbanded last month after a group known as Unicorn Riot released thousands of messages from the group’s site. It appears Pummil’s comments were part of that message release.
The school said it wasn’t aware of any discriminatory conduct against students, but it did say that if parents have concerns, they should contact the district administration.
Last week, Pummill was placed on leave when allegations surfaced that he made several offensive comments on the website. The district, in their news release, said their investigation was still relatively new when Pummil resigned.