A Georgia teacher surrounded by controversy over telling students to turn their “Make America Great Again” T-shirts inside out has given her resignation.
The River Ridge High School math teacher, Lyn Orietsky, says her request to the students was motivated by white nationalists who used the slogan in August’s deadly Charlottesville, Virginia protest.
“Just like you can’t wear a swastika to school, you cannot use a slogan (Make America Great Again) like that,” the teacher said in a video.
The classroom video of Orietsky telling her students they weren’t allowed to wear the MAGA shirts can be seen here.
One of the students who was wearing a Trump shirt said he felt like his first amendment rights were violated.
“Just because a neo-Nazi group uses that, doesn’t mean what the slogan stands for, Make America Great is Donald Trump’s saying, our awesome president,” said the student who did not want his name published.
Ms. Orietsky had been placed on administrative leave before her resignation.
“After attacks on my character and threats on my life, I have made the decision to resign from my teaching position at River Ridge High School,” she said in a statement Wednesday.
“While in hindsight I would have handled the situation differently, the outcry over this incident has been disproportionate to the event itself,” she added.
Ms. Orietsky mentioned again that her demands had nothing to do with politics or were anti-Trump.