A River Ridge High School Teacher in Cherokee County, Georgia, allegedly named Lyn Orletsky, compared a Trump t-shirt to a “swastika” and told students to turn them inside out or leave class.
According to conservative student group Turning Point USA, the incident happened last Thursday in Woodstock, Georgia, north of Atlanta.
The video shows the teacher comparing the Trump t-shirts, which were adorned with Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again,” to swastikas.
“Just like you cannot wear a swastika to school, you cannot wear ‘[Make America Great Again] like that,” the teacher said.
She sent the students out to flip their shirts or just not come back.
“Please go, at least for this class,” the teacher said. “I don’t care what you do in other classes.”
Another student asked, “Wait so both of them have to like flip their shirts inside out because it says Trump on the top?” the unidentified student asked. “They have to flip their shirts inside out it’s got Trump on it?”
She explained the slogan is Neo-Nazi [in her head].
“Because it says ‘Make America Great Again.’ The Neo-Nazis…I’m not saying about Trump, but the slogan,” the teacher replied before the video ends.
“Make America Great Again” is a neo-Nazi slogan?
The Superintendent disagrees with the teacher, AJC reported. Spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby said.
“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.
“Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower is deeply sorry that this incident happened in one of our schools,” Jacoby said. “It does not reflect his expectation that all students be treated equally and respectfully by our employees.”
Rep. John Carson, who represents District 46, where River Ridge High School is located, called the incident absolutely despicable.
“It’s ironic to me that the political left claims to promote free speech, but then attempts to silence conservative free speech,” Carson told The AJC in an email.
The school’s principal immediately met with and apologized to these students and their families, Jacoby said.
Hightower has instructed all principals to meet with their teachers and staff to review the dress code and remind them that their political opinions should not be shared with students.