A Georgia high school teacher has been pulled from the classroom after a video showing her comparing President Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” to a swastika went viral.
Lyn Orletsky, a teacher of five years at River Ridge High School in Woodstock, was seen on video kicking two students out of her class after they refused to remove their clothing bearing the pro-Trump slogan.
“Because it says, ‘Make America Great Again.’ The neo-Nazis — I’m not saying about Trump, but the slogan,” the teacher said in the video.
The video, shared on Facebook by the conservative nonprofit group Turning Point USA earlier this month, had been viewed nearly two million times. The Cherokee County School District later apologized for the incident, saying the teacher’s actions were “wrong.”
On Friday, Superintendent Brian Hightower sent a letter to parents saying Ms. Orletsky had been pulled from the classroom.
“Ms. Orletsky no longer is your child’s math teacher, effective immediately,” the letter said, Patch Media reported. “We have assigned a substitute teacher and are searching for a knowledgeable and experienced educator to teach these classes for the rest of the school year.”
The district wouldn’t say whether Ms. Orletsky was fired.
A petition created by a Woodstock resident demanding the teacher’s resignation reached 635 signatures as of Tuesday afternoon.
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