A high school math teacher in Georgia has been fired after comparing students who wear clothing emblazoned with President Trump's motto "Make America Great Again" with Nazis wearing swastikas.
Lyn Orletsky, a math teacher at River Ridge High School in Cherokee County, was caught on tape last week kicking students out of class for wearing MAGA shirts.
“Just like you cannot wear a swastika to school, you cannot wear Make America Great Again like that," she said in the video.
Turning Point News reported on Saturday that it was "tipped off to Orletsky’s termination by an anonymous source from within River Ridge High School. Through this source, we have been able to obtain a letter sent to the parents of Orletsky’s students notifying that they have terminated her position and are starting a search for a new teacher."
“The purpose of this correspondence is to provide you with an update on your child’s math class,” the letter signed by school principal Darrell Herring reads. “Ms. Orletsky no longer is your child’s math teacher, effective immediately.”
The letter also informs that the school is searching for an “experienced educator to teach these classes for the rest of the school year.”
Reportedly, according to the letter, Herring informed teachers and faculty at River Ridge High School of “all federal and state laws restricting political activity among teachers” at public, taxpayer funded schools.
“We are committed to providing your child with the best education possible to prepare them for future success,” Herring concludes.
Earlier in the week, Cherokee County School District spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby said in a statement that the teacher was wrong to have kicked the students out of her class.
“Her 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 said. “The teacher additionally — and inappropriately — shared her personal opinion about the campaign slogan during class.”
The short video brought a firestorm from both parents and elected politicians. “It’s just shocking — you can’t do that to kids,” state Republican Rep. Earl Ehrhart told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“That’s so wrong on so many levels. That individual doesn’t need to be anywhere near a classroom ever again.”