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Diana Volitich, a social studies teacher at Crystal River Middle School, has been removed from the classroom as part of a Citrus County School District investigation into racist comments she made on a podcast she hosts.

Dayanna Volitich, the Crystal River Middle School social studies teacher accused of making racist remarks on a podcast she hosted, has tendered a letter of resignation to the Citrus County School District, according to assistant superintendent Michael Mullen.

The Citrus County School Board will decide whether to accept Volitich's resignation at its April 10 meeting. The investigation into her conduct is ongoing.

Volitich, 25, was removed from from the classroom and suspended March 2, 2018, after the district was notified about the content of a podcast she was hosting under the name Tiana Dalichov. In episodes of the podcast, Volitich agrees with statements made by her guests that called into question her suitability as a teacher, including that individuals' "base behaviors" are "genetically ingrained."

In one episode, her guest Brian Hendrix opines: “I don’t like racists either, even though probably in the most technical sense of the word you could probably say I’m racist because I do believe that some races of people are inferior and superior — in certain ways. I would never say black people are, you know, crap people, they’re inferior at everything, but there are certain things certain races can do better. Asians are way better at math in the aggregate than white people … and white people build cultures better than Asian people or black people … and we can view it all throughout history.”

To this Volitich responds: “I think I would align myself similarly to your sentiment there. Like, I would pretty much say, yeah, OK, if believing that certain races specialize in certain things makes me racist then I guess that’s what I am, because I do share your sentiment there. Everything you’ve said, like, meshes perfectly with what, you know, I’m kind of thinking on the inside here.”

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(2) comments

JosephP

The Citrus County School Board should definitely accept Ms. Voltich's resignation, if the evidence of her injecting her personal racist views into her teaching is proven. As a retired teacher of 30 years experience teaching in public schools, a prison school, and on a remote Indian reservation in Canada; I know that is important to separate your personal and political views from the profession of teaching. Children are in school to be educated, not indoctrinated in the personal societal or political beliefs of a particular group or individual.

CitrusCo Citizen

You are absolutely right, Joseph. That is drilled into education majors from day one and preservice teachers are watched and listened to carefully by the mentor teachers and the supervisors of student teachers for any inappropriate remarks. She seemed like a fairly intelligent person, but not smart enough to know that broadcasting political beliefs especially in these volatile times is game over for a teacher. It's not fair but teachers especially are scrutinzed on or off the job, more than any other professional. It's interesting, though that students (perhaps encouraged by their parents) will try to "bait" a teacher into expressing their political belief by asking their opinion on a certain topic. Teachers are trained to answer, "I'm not supposed to talk about that. I can't share my opinion with you." But if they answer honestly, they are putting themselves in hot water sooner or later.

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