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A teacher was removed after comparing students' Trump shirts to swastikas

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A high school teacher in Cherokee County, Georgia has been removed after comparing a slogan President Trump popularized with swastikas, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The AJC on Tuesday reported that Lyn Orletsky is no longer teaching a math class at River Ridge High School in Woodstock after a video of her making the comparison went viral online.

Orletsky told at least two students earlier this month that they could not wear T-shirts bearing the phrase “Make America Great Again” from Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign.

Footage of the incident that has since appeared online showed Orletsky comparing the slogan to the swastika, a symbol that was often used by Nazi Germany.

Some Twitter users on Wednesday praised Cherokee County Schools for removing Orletsky from her class in the district.


Turning Point News earlier in September posted footage it obtained from Orletsky’s classroom that showed her telling at least two students not to wear Trump clothing in her class.

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“Just like you cannot wear a swastika to school, you cannot wear [‘Make America Great Again’] like that,” she says in the clip.

River Ridge High School Principal Darrell Herring then sent the parents of Orletsky’s students a letter last Friday saying she would no longer teach their children “effective immediately.”

Herring added in the message that the school had assigned a substitute teacher for Orletsky while beginning the hunt for her permanent replacement.

The Cherokee County school district, meanwhile, has since apologized for the incident and clarified that the students involved were not in any trouble.

“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,” Cherokee County Schools spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby said.

“We can’t discuss ongoing administrative investigations or disciplinary action,” a statement from the school district added without saying if Orletsky had been fired.

“When a teacher resigns or is recommended by the Superintendent for termination, it is added to a School Board meeting agenda, which is a public record. The agenda can be amended at any time.”

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