Georgia Clark thought that her tweets were private when she said she needed help pulling undocumented immigrants from her school.
A veteran English teacher from a high school in Fort Worth took to Twitter seeking help from President Donald Trump to pull out undocumented immigrants from her school. In a series of tweets, she makes it clear that she wanted her identity to remain a secret when Trump takes 'action' against them, according to The Washington Post.
Fort Worth Teacher Could Be Fired Tuesday After Alleged Illegal Immigration Twitter Rant https://t.co/2Gj6yo7n1B SO WHAT??? If they fire her, let's all go after her company. SCREW THEM.— Lawrence A. Velasco (@LawrenceAVelas1) June 5, 2019
At a meeting on Tuesday, eight school board members voted unanimously to terminate Georgia Clark’s contract after more than a dozen people spoke out against her during public comment.
Fort Worth ISD investigating teacher over immigration tweetshttps://t.co/2HXm2I8kVE— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) May 31, 2019
“Mr. President, Fort Worth Independent School District is loaded with illegal students from Mexico,” Georgia Clark wrote on May 17 on her now-deleted Twitter account, @Rebecca1939. “Anything you can do to remove the illegals from Fort Worth would be greatly appreciated,” she wrote in another tweet.
Clark says she didn’t mean for everyone to see her thoughts and requests on immigration. She says she believed the tweets were private between her and the president. Which, quite apparently, was not the case.
Clark also believed she was careful when she embarked on this clandestine mission. “Texas will not protect whistle blowers. The Mexicans refuse to honor our flag,” she wrote.
But the very public messages have now embroiled her school district in a scandal — and, less than three weeks after she authored them, they got her fired.
Fort Worth teacher on leave after sending anti-immigrant tweets to Trump, district sayshttps://t.co/rT8oUWJPCY::— Doug Speights (@dougspeights) May 29, 2019
SOUNDS LIKE A SERIOUS FREE SPEECH ISSUE HERE TO ME. THIS WOMAN, WHO IS AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, IS BENCHED FOR VOICING HER OPINION.
“Ms. Clark stated she did not realize the tweets were public,” a Fort Worth Independent School District review said in a copy obtained by The Washington Post. Clark acknowledged the tweets were hers, the review said.
Tuesday's meeting was also an inquiry that substantiated Clark's “inappropriate behavior” in violation of district regulations. Clark was placed on administrative leave with pay on May 29, two days before the last day of school, Bond said.
Fort Worth teacher said she thought her tweets were private messages to President Trump— Jon Smyth (@JonSmyth01) June 5, 2019
She urged Trump to pay attention to illegal immigration & specifically called out her campus
“Mr. President, Fort Worth Independent School District is loaded w/ illegal students from Mexico” pic.twitter.com/0VxCFqnqrb
Clark, an English teacher at Carter-Riverside High School, has worked with the district since 1998, the review said and has a history of violations — including insulting her students’ ethnicity.
Last month, when one student asked to go to the bathroom, Clark told the student to “show me your papers that are saying you are legal,” a student told investigators, which was corroborated by another student.
Clark says she didn’t mean for everyone to see her thoughts and requests on immigration https://t.co/uyMhsL9EzD— Austin Statesman (@statesman) June 4, 2019
The Supreme Court ruled in Plyler v. Doe that public schools are required to provide schooling for children, regardless of their immigration status. Schools cannot ask students about their immigration status or report them or family members to federal immigration authorities.
@MayorBetsyPrice have you heard about this? Please help protect this FWISD teacher tomorrow! She goes before FWISD school board tomorrow and may loose her job for tweeting to @POTUS about illegal immigrants....https://t.co/1G9Px9iBeJ— Gail Thomas (@TanzaniteTeam) June 4, 2019
Clark’s tweets angered parents and others, prompting a response from district superintendent Kent P. Scribner.
“Let me reiterate our commitment that every child in the District is welcome and is to be treated with dignity and respect,” Scribner wrote May 29 on Facebook.