Texas high school teacher Georgia Clark was fired after she made headlines for racist tweets that she thought were private messages to President Trump.
A Texas high school teacher has been fired after making headlines earlier this year for demanding that Trump deport "illegal" students. The Independent School District board in Fort Worth formally fired Georgia Clark on Tuesday by voting unanimously to uphold its decision from earlier this year to terminate her, The Hill reports.
As many people often do, Clark assumed that tweets were private messages, and sent a series of not at all private tweets to the President asking him to remove "illegal students from Mexico" from her school in Fort Worth, Texas. The tweets have since been deleted, but you know what they say about the internet: nothing's ever truly gone. Screenshots of Clark's tweets were circulated widely, leading to outrage. In one tweet, Clark lamented, "Fort Worth ISD is loaded with illegal students from Mexico. I really do need a contact here in Fort Worth who should be actively investigating and removing illegals that are in the public school system." In another tweet, she wrote, "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."
REGARDLESS if they’re undocumented. Ladies and gentlemen, A racist who thinks all Illegal students are drug dealers pic.twitter.com/ivU05j8xL1— 🗡🎃Spoopy Yaya🎃🗡 (@Y_wung) May 28, 2019
Clark, who has been a high school English teacher in the Fort Worth Independent School District since 1998, was placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation continued. She was then fired, and her termination was confirmed by the school board vote on Tuesday. According to The Hill, Clark is allowed to appeal her termination to the Texas Education Agency if she so chooses. "In my professional judgment, the totality of the behavior warranted the recommendation for termination. Our mission is to prepare all students for success in college, career, and community leadership," said Superintendent Kent P. Scribner said after a school board meeting in June where Clark was first fired.
It wasn't just the tweets that led to Clark's firing, though. According to a confidential memo obtained by CNN through an open records request, several of Clark's students came forward and said she made racist statements in class on the same day that she posted the tweets. A statement given to school officials by unnamed students claims Clark said after a lesson that Mexicans should not enter the United States illegally. When a student asked to go to the bathroom afterward, Clark allegedly said, "show me your papers that are saying you are legal." Clark was also suspended without pay, and reassigned, in 2013 for referring to a group of students working together and speaking Spanish as "Little Mexico", and for calling another student "white bread." In a video interview with WFAA, she said, "I need my job back. My students need me back."