Dayanna Volitich

Middle school teacher hosted white supremacist podcast: Report

School officials in Florida have removed a middle school teacher from her classroom after it was alleged that she secretly hosted a white nationalist podcast and tweeted about exterminating Muslims.

HuffPost first reported that Dayanna Volitich, 25, a social studies teacher at Crystal River Middle School, hosted a podcast called “Unapologetic” under the pseudonym “Tiana Dalichov.” The social studies teacher is also accused of running a blog with the same name.

HuffPost learned that Volitich would allegedly brag about how she would covertly teach her unsavory views in a public school. She also allegedly used the platform to claim that some races are smarter than others and claimed that more white nationalists needed to become public school teachers.

“You know America’s education system is designed to enable victimization when teachers are forced to learn about institutional racism and prove its [sic] real when it isn’t. I literally feel my brain cells dying as I read this bulls**t,” the teacher allegedly tweeted, apparently referring to an article explaining how to handle racism in the classroom.

Volitich also used the now-deleted Twitter account to talk about “eradicating” Muslims “from the face of the planet,” according to screenshots obtained by HuffPost.

In a statement issued to WFLA on Volitich’s behalf, the disgraced educator denied claims that she was a white supremacist or that she allowed any of her political beliefs to affect her teaching.

“While operating under the Russian pseudonym ‘Tiana Dalichov’ on social media and the Unapologetic Podcast, I 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,” Volitich said before claiming she can’t speak on the matter further as officials conduct their investigation.

“The views ‘Tiana Dalichov’ espouses do not pervade my professional career. 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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Matt Mullen, Assistant Superintendent for Operations for Citrus County Schools, said they were made aware of the damning allegations on March 2. Since then, the school district has confirmed that the social studies teacher was removed from the classroom. Their investigation is ongoing.

 

This is a developing story. Be sure to check back with CrimeOnline for updates as they become available. 

[Featured Image: Dayanna Volitich/Crystal River Middle School]