- A teacher in Fort Worth, Texas, was fired on Tuesday after she tweeted publicly at President Donald Trump, urging him to remove “illegals” from the city and the public school system.
- Georgia Clark sent the tweets on May 17 and May 22, and later said she thought she was sending private messages to Trump – not public tweets.
- The local school board convened a special meeting following outrage from the public, and voted 8-0 to fire Clark.
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A Fort Worth teacher was fired Tuesday evening, after sending a slew of public tweets to President Donald Trump complaining about “illegals” in the public school system and saying “the Mexicans refuse to honour our flag.”
“@realDonaldTrump I do not know what to do. Anything you can do to remove the illegals from Fort Worth would be greatly appreciated,” Georgia Clark tweeted on May 17, according to screenshots published by The Washington Post.
“@realDonaldTrump I need protection from recrimination should I report it to the authorities but I do not know where to turn. I contacted the Texas Education Agency and then my teacher organisation. Texas will not protect whistle blowers. The Mexicans refuse to honour our flag,” read another tweet on May 17.
The Fort Worth Independent School District’s eight board members voted unanimously to fire her, the district announced in a tweet.
Teacher is on leave after sending anti-immigrant messages to President Trump https://t.co/gJZq7Xhxs5
— Fort Worth Star-Telegram (@startelegram) May 29, 2019
The tweets were sent from the account @Rebecca1939, which appeared to have been deleted or suspended as of Tuesday. One of the tweets offered Trump her phone numbers and said “Georgia Clark is my real name.”
Clark reportedly acknowledged she wrote the tweets, telling the school district she believed her tweets were private direct messages, not public posts, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
It’s not the first time Clark has been accused of racism
The Star-Telegram reported that Clark was previously disciplined at other teaching jobs after referring to students by names such as “Little Mexico” and “white bread,” and separating the class by race.
Students also accused her of calling one student a member of the Bloods gang because he wore red shoes, the newspaper reported.
Fort Worth ISD investigating teacher over immigration tweetshttps://t.co/2HXm2I8kVE
— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) May 31, 2019
Clark reportedly denied the allegations at the time, arguing that she did not recall the “white bread” comment, that the red shoes remark was meant to be a compliment, and that the class segregated themselves by race.
A school district review committee even recommended that she be fired during the 2013-14 school year, after 18 students accused her of using racist language, according to the Star-Telegram.
In a public statement on May 29, the Fort Worth ISD Superintendent, Kent Scribner, acknowledged the controversy “about the use of social media by our staff.”
“Let me reiterate our commitment that every child in the District is welcome and is to be treated with dignity and respect,” Scribner said. “Please know we take this promise very seriously and your child’s safety and well-being are always our number-one priority.”
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