When was the last time you sat in on your kid’s class at school to see what they were being taught? Parents typically attend a PTA meeting and feel as though they have the gist of the class structure and curriculum. But in the case of Dayana Volitich, a 25 year old social studies teacher at Crystal River Middle School in Florida, opted to give her students some additional schooling that included white supremacist rhetoric.
Volitich had been secretly hosting a white nationalist podcast “Unapologetic” where she boasted about bringing her white nationalist beliefs to the classroom unbeknownst to administrators and parents alike. She encouraged white supremacists to infiltrate schools by becoming teachers to spread their beliefs to the masses. Some of her twitter messages that she tweeted show racist statements:
Now, while I agree that it isn’t hateful to prefer you own people over others because as statistics show there is a trend in people marrying within their race or culture, it is hateful to spread a message that only one race is superior. Volitich took things a step further responded with unbiased “facts” when students would ask questions about current events. For instance, Volitich has suggested that terrorism will continue unless Muslims are eradicated “from the face of the Earth.”
I think the most disturbing thing about Volitich is when confronted about her podcast and social media accounts that spread a white nationalist view that she said it was “political satire and exaggeration” and that the podcast was a hobby. In a statement to WFLA,Volitich noted “While operating under the Russian pseudonym ‘Tiana Dalichov’ on social media and the Unapologetic Podcast, I employed political satire and exaggeration, mainly to the end of attracting listeners and followers, and generating conversation about the content discussed between myself and my guests.”
After the Huffington Post published their article on Volitich, all of her social media accounts have been deactivated and the podcast removed. She submitted her resignation and a vote will be made on April 10th by the School Board on whether they will accept her resignation.
How often have you heard someone say something that had you puzzled and then they laced it with a “lol” or a “just joking, I didn’t mean that for real.” This situation if anything is lesson to us all that we need to be more mindful of what people are saying and doing to us, to our children and more. Often times people are saying what they mean the first time and we need to be able to catch it.