WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- For more than a year, a Social Studies middle school teacher was discovered to have been living a double life as a white nationalist podcaster.
- Crystal River Middle School teacher Dayanna Volitich, known as Tiana Dalichov, is also the producer of “Unapologetic”, a white-nationalist podcast with 1,400 Twitter followers.
- The teacher said that she hoped other people who shared her beliefs would penetrate public schools and do the same thing.
Volitich said the school’s surveillance made it hard for her to expose her students to different white-nationalist views.
“I’m pretty hyper aware that [administrators and colleagues] will be watching. They’ll be listening, and so I’m getting a little more underhanded,” she said on her podcast.
“I knew when they were coming,” she told Lana Lokteff, her guest. “I was able to anticipate when they would be there to evaluate, and so I did what I was supposed to do. I danced like a little puppet, and I waited until they were gone,” she said in a late February episode.
Lokteff is the host of an anti-Semitic media outlet that the Southern Poverty Law Center said promotes hate speech.
According to HuffPost, Volitich embraces anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and thinks that Muslims have no place on Earth.
Volitich has supported and praised neo-Nazis and white nationalists including Arthur Jones, Patrick Casey and former KKK grand wizard David Duke. The teacher says it is scientifically-proven that certain races are smarter than others and denounced training about implicit bias in classrooms as “bulls—.”
Her double life was revealed by a HuffPost article this weekend when the news website identified Volitich as the person behind the Tiana Dalichov alias. The teacher did not reply to HuffPost’s requests for comment.
In a Facebook statement, the Citrus County School District said: “The teacher has been removed from the classroom and the investigation is ongoing.”
Volitich could not be reached for comment. A message sent to her school email address was returned as undeliverable.
Source: The Washington Post