A Florida middle school teacher who had secretly hosted a white nationalist podcast has been removed from her classroom, citing concerns that she may have exposed students to such ideology.
Dayanna Volitich, a 25-year-old social studies teacher at Crystal River Middle School, hosted a podcast called “Unapologetic” under the alias Tiana Dalichov where she talked about hiding her political beliefs form administrators during a conversation with Lena Lokteff, the wife of the founder of Red Ice, a white nationalist multimedia website that’s considered a hate group.
In a clip obtained by the Huffington Post, Volitich can be heard agreeing with Lokteff who had suggested that white nationalist infiltrate the schools and “take them back.” She also talks about Lokteff’s contention that some races have higher IQs than others.
“So many other researchers have already looked into this, and that’s just the way it is, there are races that have higher IQ’s than others,” Voltich says in a podcast clip. “It’s a reality … funny how the left claims to be like “we are the ones who are the real scientists. Yeah, pseudoscientists. Climate change. Yeah exactly.”
Voltich has deleted her social media accounts and the podcast website.
The Citrus County School District issued the following statement:
“On Friday, March 2, 2018, the Citrus County School District was made aware of a concerning podcast by a Huffington Post reporter. The reporter indicated they believed one of the persons participating in the podcast was a teacher at Crystal River Middle School.
“The Human Resources department was notified and an investigation was initiated immediately. The teacher has been removed from the classroom and the investigation is ongoing. Pursuant to Florida Statute an open investigation and materials related to it are exempt from public record and cannot be discussed until the investigation is complete.”