A Texas school board has voted unanimously to fire a high school English teacher who reached out to President Donald Trump on Twitter and encouraged him to kick illegal immigrants out of her Fort Worth district.
Georgia Clark, who had been an English teacher at Carter-Riverside High School since 1998, was fired Tuesday – less than a week after she was suspended for her social media posts.
“Mr. President, Fort Worth Independent School District is loaded with illegal students from Mexico. Carter-Riverside High School has been taken over by them. Drug dealers are on our campus and nothing was done to them when the drug dogs found the evidence,” Clark tweeted on May 17 from her now-deleted Twitter account, @Rebecca1939, The Washington Post reported.
“Anything you can do to remove the illegals from Fort Worth would be greatly appreciated,” she wrote in another tweet.
Clark admitted that the tweets were hers, but said she thought she was sending a private message to the president, according to documents obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
In the course of the investigation, the school district also learned Clark made racially insensitive comments to students in her classroom, the Star-Telegram reported. A student told district officials that on May 17, Clark said, “Mexicans should not enter our country illegally,” and when a student asked to go to the bathroom, she allegedly responded, “Show me your papers that are saying you are legal.”
Clark denied making those statements. She was suspended in 2013 for allegedly referring to a group of students as “Little Mexico” and another as “white bread,” KXAS-TV reported.
Nearly 63% of students in the Fort Worth Independence School District are Hispanic, according to the station.
A 1982 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Plyler v. Doe case held that a student’s immigration status is not relevant to a student’s right to public education. Federal law requires that no student is denied a “free public education” because of their legal status in the country.
School Superintendent Kent P. Scribner addressed the incident in a post on the district’s Facebook page, telling parents and guardians that their “child’s safety and well-being are always our number-one priority.”
“Our mission is to prepare ALL students for success in college, career and community leadership,” Scribner wrote. “Let me reiterate our commitment that every child in the District is welcome and is to be treated with dignity and respect.”
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Contributing Lily Altavena, The Arizona Republic
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