Teacher Fired After Reporting Undocumented Students To Trump On Twitter
An English high school teacher in Texas was fired this week after she had sent social media postings directed at President Donald Trump, urging his administration to take action on undocumented students within her district.
The Fort Worth Independent School District school board voted 8-0 in favor of firing Georgia Clark, the teacher in question. She can appeal the decision to the Texas Education Agency Commission within 15 days, according to ABC13 in Houston.
Clark was a teacher at Carter-Riverside High School. She had tweeted directly to Trump, sending him messages about how her school had been “taken over” by “illegal students from Mexico.”
“Anything you can do to remove the illegals from Fort Worth would be greatly appreciated,” Clark wrote in one tweet to Trump, per reporting from Fox News.
Other tweets from her timeline demonstrated she had a fondness for the president — as well as his plans to build a wall on the U.S. southern border with Mexico. Trump was elected, Clark said, based on his campaigning in 2016 “that a wall should be built to protect our borders,” she previously wrote.
Texas teacher fired after tweeting Pres. Trump to round up 'illegal students' https://t.co/juAG9hAFAC
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) June 5, 2019
When she realized her tweets were public, and not private, and were being read by others in her community, she deleted her account on May 29, NBC News reported.
Clark is not unfamiliar with charges of racism against her. In 2013, she was suspended for making remarks in which she referred to a group of students in her school’s hallways as “Little Mexico,” and for calling another student “white bread.” She also allegedly separated her classroom by race, with white and black students on one side and Hispanic students on the other.
Clark also was previously investigated for asking a student for their “papers” when they asked to use the restroom. “You are illegal,” she allegedly told the student who made the request.
In 1982, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that schoolchildren who were undocumented immigrants had a Constitutional right to attend public schools, and that states could not pass statutes limiting their attendance or charging them fees if they wished to be educated. The case stemmed from an attempt in Texas to charge students $1,000 if they were not U.S. citizens.