A Texas teacher who asked Donald Trump to “remove the illegals” from her high school has officially been fired.
The Fort Worth Independent School District board on Tuesday unanimously voted to uphold its June decision to terminate Georgia Clark, Fox 4 News reported.
The English and language arts teacher had been put on paid administrative leave over a series of anti-illegal immigration tweets directed at Trump and the White House complaining about “illegal students from Mexico” that had “taken over” her school.
“I do not know what to do. Anything you can do to remove the illegals from Fort Worth would be greatly appreciated,” she wrote in May, adding her contact phone numbers.
In one post from her handle @rebecca1939, which was deleted soon after the tweets began to go viral, she asked Trump for a contact “who should be actively investigating and removing the illegals that are in the public school system”.
In another she complained “school districts across the state that consider themselves the ‘protectors of illegals’ have quietly removed photographs of students so that no one can use the photos to assist federal law enforcement to identify them”.
“I need protection from recrimination should I report it to the authorities but I do not know where to turn,” she wrote. “Texas will not protect whistleblowers. The Mexicans refuse to honor our flag.”
After the board voted 8-0 to terminate her in June, superintendent Kent P. Scribner was reported in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as telling the meeting, “Fort Worth serves 86,000 students, and it is our goal that we treat each one with dignity and respect, and based on the information that we have, we think this is the most responsible recommendation at this time.”
According to the newspaper, the Fort Worth school district is more than 60 percent Hispanic, and at Carter-Riverside High School where Clark worked, the student body is 87.5 percent Hispanic. White students are the second biggest demographic at 5.1 percent followed by African-Americans at 4.4 percent.
In June, Yahoo News quoted an unidentified former teacher in the district who said they were “shocked” to see Clark’s tweets. “I worked at a high school in Fort Worth with a very high percentage of undocumented students,” they said.
“These kids worked very hard to create a better life here for themselves, many of mine obtaining scholarships at university for engineering, business, and medical degrees. I am disheartened to hear an educator would use their position as a political platform to promote hate and discrimination especially in a manner we as educators are trying to curb, social media.”
During the height of the controversy, Clark told WFAA that she had no regrets that she issued her plea to Trump because she felt she was doing God’s work: