Texas teacher who was fired after asking Trump to remove 'illegal students from Mexico' has got her job back
A Fort Worth English teacher who was fired after tweeting President Donald Trump and asking him to crack down on immigration at Carter-Riverside High School won her appeal.
A Texas school teacher who had earlier been fired for an anti-immigrant Twitter rant asking President Trump to remove "illegal students from Mexico" in her school has got her job back. Georgia Clark who was an English teacher at Carter-Riverside High School in Fort Worth lost her job after she tweeted in May from a now-deleted Twitter account, "Mr. President, Fort Worth Independent School District is loaded with illegal students from Mexico. Anything you can do to remove the illegals from Fort Worth would be greatly appreciated."
The Hispanic student population in Fort Worth Independent School District is approximately 63 percent, according to Census Bureau data.
Eight school board members voted unanimously to terminate her contract. Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath, however, ruled on Monday that her tweets were protected under the First Amendment, according to Fort Worth Telegram Star. "It appears the commissioner ruled the way he did based on a technicality and we are exploring all of our options,” said Barbara Griffith, a spokeswoman for the school district said, “This is all we are going to say right now as we have not yet had a chance to review and analyze the entire decision.”
Clark will get back pay, employee benefits from the time her contract was ended. The school district will otherwise have to pay her a year's salary if they don't want to reinstate her. The Twitter account was reportedly called @Rebecca1939 had further said in another tweet. "Texas will not protect whistle blowers. The Mexicans refuse to honor our flag."
This isn't the first time that Clark has been in hot water as a teacher because of her behavior. In 2013, according to Boston News, the board had decided to fire her over inappropriate language and behavior towards students but a teacher group had calmed down the situation. She had called a group of students "Little Mexico" and had called a student "White bread". She is also accused of telling a student "Show me your papers ... you are illegal" when asked for permission to use the bathroom, NBC reported.