Teacher's podcast ignites controversy

Racism is the last thing that needs to be around children. In Citrus County, Florida, one can see a fair share of Ku Klux Klan and Confederate flags hung proudly on people’s properties and in the back of cars and trucks.

At Crystal River Middle School, however, one teacher took it too far. Dayanna Volitich tried to brainwash little kids into believing her racist theories and tried to corrupt the minds of the youth. While it is perfectly fine for her to express her twisted views, her decision will be at the expense of both her job and career.

The first thing that should be addressed is her use of free speech. The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Freedom of speech can be defined as “the right of people to express their opinions publicly without governmental interference, subject to the laws against libel, incitement to violence or rebellion, etc.”

These rules and definition apply to every situation equally, regardless of the message that is being sent. Just because someone is showcasing a view that is clearly the incorrect moral choice does not mean that we have the right to limit their voice through legal actions.

This country was built on freedom and without that freedom that allows people to speak their minds, society would be very different today.

Advancements have been made in race relations because of freedom of speech and because people choose to openly use that freedom at their will.

The problem arises for a couple of reasons. One reason is that Volitich, who used a pseudonym on social media called “Tianna Dalichov,” is a middle school teacher. That is a problem because as a teacher, she has the ability to influence a group of very young and impressionable children. She is essentially brainwashing kids into believing false information, which is the exact opposite of what an actual teacher should do.

She hides her actual teachings once the principal is in class evaluating her, so much that the students were confused about why she was acting so different. However, when the principal was gone, she returned to her normal self, telling students her point of view which, according to her, is unbiased. This is blasphemous, but unfortunately there are bound to be white supremacists who are teachers.

Another problem is that she has a job. Her job as a teacher is to teach kids according to the school’s curriculum.

The fact that she had to hide her normal teaching from the people in positions above her shows that what she was teaching does not comply with the vision and standards of the people who are in charge.

That alone is why she should lose her job. One can do whatever they want outside of the school zone or outside of the classroom, but only on their own personal time. The issue starts when one starts bringing those personal beliefs and struggles into the classroom.

She affected the curriculum and standards that the district set for her and used inappropriate language, which is a bad image for the school and does not coincide with the beliefs or values of the company she works for.

She also lied in her statements, saying that her political views do not impact what she teaches in the classroom. This is false because on her podcast she talks about how she tries to teach differently from the textbook because of her political views. That is why Volitich deserves to be fired.

Volitich also interviewed Lana Lokteff who works for Red Ice TV. The Southern Poverty Law Center has listed Red Ice TV as a hate group.

This is not surprising at all. It goes with the territory and the mindset of this sick human being. Volitich has every right to believe whatever she wants to believe in. The problem is that it affects her work environment and the minds of these young and innocent children.

What makes this really sad is this is a person who needs mental help. She will be lucky if she ever finds another teaching job again, but if those are the beliefs that she holds, she will need a lot more help: more help than what a simple paycheck can give her.