Despite an independent examiner’s finding that she was merely exercising “free speech about a matter of public concern,” a Texas teacher has been fired for asking President Donald Trump to save her school from being overrun by illegal aliens.
In May, Carter-Riverside High School English teacher Georgia Clark posted a series of tweets asking President Trump for help because her school had been “taken over” by illegal alien students - including some drug dealers - local station WFAA reports:
“In a series of tweets from May that have since been deleted, Clark called on President Trump to "remove the illegals from Fort Worth."
“@realdonaldtrump I do not know what do. Anything you can do to remove the illegals from Fort Worth would be greatly appreciated”
“Mr. President, Fort Worth Independent School District [ISD] is loaded with illegal students from Mexico. Carter-Riverside High School has been taken over by them. Drug dealers are on our campus and nothing was done to them when the drug dogs found the evidence.”
The tweets were deleted soon after posting, but not before inciting the fury which led the Fort Worth ISD board to vote to terminate Clark’s employment.
An ensuing review by an independent examiner found that Clark had simply been practicing free speech, that her firing was unwarranted, and that she be reinstated, WFAA reports:
“Before Labor Day, an independent examiner working on behalf of the Texas Education Agency put out a 76-page report saying that Clark’s termination, ‘is not justified, is not supported by the evidence, should not be approved and should not be upheld and that Georgia Clark’s appeal of the proposed termination be granted and that FWISD decline to terminate the employment of Georgia Clark.’
“The examiner found that Clark's tweets were, ‘a private citizen's free speech about a matter of public concern.’”
Nonetheless, on Tuesday, the Fort Worth ISD board voted unanimously to uphold Clark’s dismissal.
During the height of the controversy, Clark told WFAA that she had no regrets that she issued her plea to President Trump because she felt she was doing God’s work:
“No, I don’t. Because, frankly, God was saying you need to do this now.”