Teacher Fired For Asking Trump to Remove 'Illegal Students from Mexico' Wins Job Back
First Amendment protected the teachers' series of tweets
A Texas teacher who was fired for asking President Donald Trump on Twitter to remove the “illegal students from Mexico” from her school has won an appeal to get her job back.
On Monday, Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath ruled that the First Amendment protected the teacher's series of tweets, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
English teacher, Georgia Clark, whose Twitter account has since been deleted, can now return to work with back pay and employment benefits or district officials can fork over one year’s salary.
In June, Clark was fired for tweeting Trump but later argued she thought they were private messages to the president, according to the district investigator.
“Mr. President, Fort Worth Independent School District is loaded with illegal students from Mexico,” one message sent on May 17 read.
“Carter-Riverside High School has been taken over by them.”
Clark said in another tweet that her attempts to “remove the illegals” ignored by local and federal authorities in Fort Worth, were 34 percent of residents are Hispanic or Latino, according to census data.
In another tweet, Clark said her earlier attempts to “remove the illegals” were ignored by local and federal authorities in Fort Worth, where 34 percent of residents are Hispanic or Latino, census data shows.
Clarks tweets sparked an outcry, and the district placed her on administrative leave in May.
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In June, the district board unanimously voted to fire Clark.
An independent hearing examiner suggested the board reinstates Clark after finding her job termination unjustifiable.
The board rejected the recommendation and upheld the decision to fire her.
“We stand by our decision because we firmly believe this is in the best interest of all students,” Superintendent Kent P. Scribner said.
But Clark has since won her job back through an appeal.
“It appears the commissioner ruled the way he did based on a technicality, and we are exploring all of our options,” said Barbara Griffith, a spokeswoman for the school district.
“This is all we are going to say right now, as we have not yet had a chance to review and analyze the entire decision.”