A 25-year-old social studies teacher in Florida has been secretly hosting a white nationalist podcast and bragging about espousing her views to students in the classroom, an exclusive report by Huffington Post has revealed.
Dayanna Volitich, an educator at Crystal River Middle School, was the voice behind white nationalist podcast “Unapologetic,” where she comfortably spewed her racist views under the pseudonym “Tiana Dalichov.” Since news of Volitich’s secret podcast came to light, the Citrus County School District announced she’s been removed from the classroom pending an investigation.
In her most recent podcast on Feb. 26, Volitich sided with a caller who spoke out against diversity in schools and challenged the idea that “a kid from Nigeria and a kid who came from Sweden are supposed to learn exactly the same” and are equally intelligent. Volitich went on to brag about teaching her ideology in the classroom and lying to administrators about it.
“I’ve had a couple instances where parents were concerned,” she said in the episode. “One, at the beginning of the year, emailed the principal over my head, [saying] ‘I’m worried that your teacher, she’s injecting political bias.’ ”
Volitich said the Crystal Rivers principal confronted her about the parent’s complaint, to which she lied and said it wasn’t true.
“She believed me and backed off,” she said.
In the same episode, Volitich agreed with her guest’s argument that more white nationalists should infiltrate the school system by becoming teachers, according to Huff Post.
“Children is very important,” she said. “The communists always knew that. They always wanted the minds of the children. That’s the future. So, if we can have more teachers in those positions, that would be great. And I do hear from teachers all the time, people who are closet ‘Red Ice’ listeners that support what we do and I think that’s fantastic. We need a lot more of that.”
The report was able to link Volitich to Dalichov using public records shared on social media and comparing it to personal information like her age, hometown and work history. “Tiana Dalichov’s” Twitter account conveniently went dark the news broke. She also removed the website for her podcast.
Scott Hebert, executive director of educational services for the district, said he was unable to confirm if Volitich was in fact “Dalichov” but noted the district was actively investigating statements she made and “checking the validity to see if they violate our code of ethics and policy.”
“She does not speak on behalf of the Citrus County School District,” Hebert said. “The views she’s listed [online] are really not in line with how our district operates.”
The statement posted to the district’s Facebook page read in part,
“On Friday, March 2, 2018 the Citrus County School District was made aware of a concerning podcast by a Huffington Post reporter. 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.”
Meanwhile, several commenters are calling for she to be fired.
Stephen Grayce wrote: “Seeing as she had a podcast and tweets were saved in screen shots, an “investigation” should take about 10 minutes. FIRE HER.”
Christine Walling added: “Fire her. Find out which other teachers were talking to her about infiltrating and indoctrinating our kids into their hate cult and gut them, too. We don’t want their kind near OUR kids.”
DC Paula noted: “If this is true, the only acceptable outcome of your investigation is permanent dismissal and loss of her teaching license.”
We will continue to update this story as more details become available.