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District Fires Teacher Who Reported Students to Trump

Texas teacher thought her tweets were private
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2019 3:38 AM CDT
President Trump waves as he concludes his speech about modernizing the immigration system in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, May 16, 2019.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – Fort Worth high school English teacher Georgia Clark thought she was sending private messages to President Trump when she asked him to remove the "illegals" in the public school system—but the Twitter messages were public, and she has now lost her job over them. The Fort Worth Independent School District voted 8-0 on Tuesday to terminate the employment of Clark, who told Trump that Carter-Riverside High School had been "taken over" by "illegal students," NBC reports. Clark, who has been with the Texas district since 1998, was placed on administrative leave last week after the tweets from mid-May were publicized and parents complained, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

"Anything you can do to remove the illegals from Fort Worth would be greatly appreciated," Clark wrote in a May 17 message. The board says Clark acknowledged that the tweets were hers, but said she thought they were private. In one, she asked Trump to protect her from recrimination, saying "Texas will not protect whistle blowers." Clark had a history of making anti-immigrant comments at the school and was already being investigated for allegedly telling a student who asked to use the bathroom to "Show me your papers ... you are illegal." After the tweets surfaced, district superintendent Kent P. Scribner said every child in the district is "welcome and is to be treated with dignity and respect." The Washington Post notes that the Supreme Court ruled in 1982's Plyler v. Doe decision that states cannot deny a child education based on their immigration status. (Read more Texas stories.)

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