Teacher Dayanna Volitich, Who Ran White Supremacist Podcast, Resigns – Says Alt-Right Comments Were “Satire”
Florida middle school teacher Dayanna Volitich resigned from her job after it was discovered that she was the host of a white supremacist podcast called “Unapologetic.”
Volitich has been suspended from her social studies classroom since investigations started back in March after a story on the Huffington Post revealed her racist podcasts. Her shows demonstrated her alt-right ideals, as well as shared how her beliefs affected her classroom. In one podcast, she and a guest discussed their dislike of diversity in schools. They did not care for the idea that “a kid from Nigeria and a kid who came from Sweden are supposed to learn exactly the same” and have the “same IQ.” Volitich went on to argue that “science” has proven that some races are smarter than others.
She also explained how she was able to bring her white nationalist beliefs into the classroom by hiding her ideology from administrators. Volitich said that when parents would complain to the school’s principal about how she let her own political bias into the classroom, she would simply tell the principal it was not true.
On Monday, Assistant Superintendent Mike Mullen said in an emailed statement that the district had received her resignation. The resignation is not final until it is accepted by the school board, which will be on the agenda at the school board meeting on April 10.
Volitich’s attorney, Charles E. Moore, has not made a statement about his client’s resignation.
Volitich did reveal earlier that it was her on the podcasts under the pseudonym “Tiana Dalichov” – but was only meant to be seen as a “political satire and exaggeration” and that her whole persona was just a “hobby.”
She said in a statement following her suspension, “None of the statements released about my being a white nationalist or white supremacist have any truth to them, nor are my political beliefs injected into my teaching of social studies curriculum.”