Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Education

Teacher accused of hosting white nationalist podcast said it was ‘political satire’

The Florida middle school teacher who reportedly hosted a white nationalist podcast said the views expressed on it were "satire" and "don’t have any truth to them," NBC News reported.

The Huffington Post first reported this past weekend that Dayanna Volitich, a 25 year-old social studies teacher at Crystal River Middle School, hosted a white nationalist podcast named "Unapologetic" under the name "Tiana Dalichov."

In response to the article, the Citrus County School District announced Sunday that she has been removed from the classroom while it conducts an investigation.

In a statement to NBC News through her attorney, Volitich confirmed that she ran the podcast under the name "Tiana Dalichov" , but denied reports that she was a white nationalist or white supremacist.

In the statement, she said she "employed political satire and exaggeration, mainly to the end of attracting listeners and followers, and generating conversation about the content discussed between myself and my guests."

"The views ‘Tiana Dalichov’ espouses do not pervade my professional career," Volitich told NBC News in the statement "As an adult, my decisions are my own, and my family has nothing whatsoever to do with my social media accounts or my podcast. From them, I humbly ask for forgiveness, as it was never my intention to cause them grief while engaging in a hobby on my personal time."

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The Huffington Post found Volitich and her guests espoused anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and suggested that Muslims be exterminated "from the face of the Earth" to prevent terrorism."

In a recent podcast from Feb. 26, a guest on the show said it was hard to believe that "a kid from Nigeria and a kid who came from Sweden are supposed to learn exactly the same," to which Volitich agreed, adding that "science" proved that some races are more intelligent than others, according to the Huffington Post.

She also bragged about spreading her white nationalist beliefs in the classroom and dodging administration. When parents complained about the political bias in her classroom, she lied to the principal, "believed me and backed off," according to the Huffington Post.

When the Huffington Post contacted the school district, the Twitter account operating under the name Tiana Dalichov tweeted that she "might disappear for a while" before the account was deleted and the podcast archives wiped, according to the Huffington Post.

This is a developing story. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

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