A Georgia high school teacher has found herself in hot water after she kicked two students out of her classroom for wearing shirts emblazoned with President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan, equating the words to a swastika or other neo-Nazi symbol.
Lyn Orletsky, who teaches math at River Ridge High School in Woodstock, was the subject of a viral video that saw her instruct her students to turn their pro-Trump shirts inside out or be expelled from the classroom.
“Just like you cannot wear a swastika to school, you cannot wear ‘Make America Great Again’ like that,” she told the pair. Other students could be heard questioning the bizarre instruction, but Orletsky did not relent until the two students marched out of the classroom.
Now, Orletsky is facing criticism from all sides, including angry parents, perplexed commenters on social media, and even her employer. In a statement, Cherokee County School District spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby insisted that the teacher was “wrong” to have brought the hammer down on her pro-Trump students.
“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 school principal attempted to get ahead of the controversy by offering an immediate apology to students and families, the Daily Mail reported. While the school would not mention whether Orletsky would face disciplinary action, administrators vowed that the students in the video would not be punished.
Since the incriminating video went viral, Orletsky’s ratemyteachers.com page has been deluged by critics.
“You should never be allowed to teach impressionable young adults,” one person opined. “You are everything that is wrong in this country.”
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