A math teacher was fired after saying that wearing clothing items featuring President Donald Trump’s motto “Make America Great Again” was similar to sporting swastikas. The incident was recorded and shared on social media, showing the teacher asking specific students to leave the classroom based on their Trump MAGA attire.
As reported by the Daily Wire, Lyn Orletsky, a teacher at River Ridge High School in Georgia, was filmed saying, “Just like you cannot wear a swastika to school, you cannot wear Make America Great Again like that.”
She continues, “Please go, at least for this class. I don’t care what you do in other classes, but in my class…” before the sound cuts out.
An unidentified student on the video can be heard asking, “Wait, so both of them have to like flip their shirts inside out because it says Trump on the top?”
Orletsky responds, “Because it says, ‘Make America Great Again,’ the neo-nazis, I’m not saying about Trump, but the slogan.”
Reportedly, a letter was sent to parents whose children were in Orletsky’s class informing them of the termination.
The letter, which was signed by Darrell Herring, the school’s principal, said, “Ms. Orletsky no longer is your child’s math teacher, effective immediately.”
Herring also stated that all teachers and faculty members were informed of “all federal and state laws restricting political activity among teachers” at public schools.
He concludes, “We are committed to providing your child with the best education possible to prepare them for future success.”
Barbara Jacoby, the spokeswoman for the Cherokee County School District, said in a statement, “[Orletsky’s] actions were wrong as the ‘Make America Great Again’ shirts worn by the students are not a violation of our School district dress code.”
Jacoby continued, “The teacher additionally – and inappropriately – shared her personal opinion about the campaign slogan during class.”
Both parents and elected officials were stunned by the video. State Rep. Earl Ehrhart (R) said during an interview, “It’s just shocking. You can’t do that to kids.”
Ehrhart continued, “That’s so wrong on so many levels. That individual doesn’t need to be anywhere near a classroom every again.”