After posting a series of tweets addressing President Trump in an attempt to get her students deported, the teacher was fired through a unanimous vote.
Through a now-deleted Twitter account, Georgia Clark, a former teacher at The Fort Worth Independent School District, uploaded a series of posts to social media platform Twitter asking United States President Donald Trump, known for his racist rhetoric, to help her file complaints against "illegal" students in her school district. In her posts, she described her school district as being "loaded with illegal students from Mexico." She also expressed her desire to have these allegedly illegal students deported, stating that she required a local contact who could "actively investigate and remove illegals" from the district. Ever since her tweets went viral and became the center of national attention, many individuals across the country called for her termination. Recently, the Fort Worth school board voted, in a landslide 8-0 vote, to terminate her contract, CBS News reports.
District says Clark admitted to writing “FW ISD is loaded with illegal students from Mexico. Carter-Riverside HS has been taken over by them” & “I really do need a contact here in FW who should be actively investigating & removing illegals that are in the public school system” pic.twitter.com/BO2kQLF3pK— Erin Jones (@erinjonesnews) June 4, 2019
The school board, ironically, took to Twitter to announce the decision. They posted, "Board has voted to terminate [the] contract of teacher Georgia Clark for good cause. Motion made by Trustee Paz. Second by Norman Robbins. Motion passes 8-0." Clark had the right to appeal to the Texas Education Agency Commissioner within 15 days of the announcement, which the former teacher decided to do. However, in another vote held in September this year, the board unanimously decided to stay Clark’s contract termination. This decision is now final, another CBS News article reported.
It must be noted that this was not Clark's first incident of unwarranted behavior. She was employed at Carter-Riverside High School and worked with the district since 1998. According to The Washington Post, during her time with the school, she was responsible for numerous violations, including insulting her students’ ethnicity. In fact, the district was already conducting a separate investigation into allegations of derogatory remarks made in the classroom by the now-fired teacher. This investigation had begun long before the tweets had even come to light.
NEW: After her tweets asking the President to remove illegals from Fort Worth an independent examiner found that Georgia Clark’s firing “is not justified”. Now she wants her job back.— Alex Rozier (@RozierReports) September 11, 2019
“I need my job back and those kids need me too.” pic.twitter.com/lI5AMMpGor
Addressing the offensive tweets, Superintendent Kent Scribner affirmed in a message to parents with children enrolled in the school district, "There has been much talk in the news and on the Internet about the use of social media by our staff. Our mission is to prepare ALL students for success in college, career and community leadership. Let me reiterate our commitment that every child in the District is welcome and is to be treated with dignity and respect." During a time of racial crisis, it is important that institutions and those with power within them remain committed to the protection and advancement of minority communities under attack.