DeKalb County School District officials say Superintendent Steve Green has received death threats after an alt-right news publication published a story inaccurately depicting the departures of several teachers as being based on their political views.
The story, which ran on the World Net Daily website, said teachers were told “not to express themselves on or off campus is their views on immigration line up with those of President Donald Trump.”
“If their words are considered not ‘welcoming’ of refugees and migrants, they face investigation and possible termination,” the article continued.
Since Trump’s election, two teachers and a school nurse have resigned after allegations they made inappropriate comments regarding undocumented residents after the election.
The school nurse posted her comments on a Facebook status message; The teachers spoke in front of students.
“We are a public education system. We receive public tax funding,” Green said in a statement. “We are required by federal and state authority to educate every student who comes into our system. Students must only provide information such as proof of residency, immunization records, and proof of age … not green cards or immigration status.
“We fully respect the free speech and all other constitutional rights of our employees, but actions by DeKalb staff members that interfere with their ability to effectively perform their jobs or interfere with our students’ rights to receive education are simply not acceptable.
“We value all students, no matter their birth homes or heritages. We love them, and we respect what their presence here says about the goodness and generosity of America.
“Our diversity is our strength.”
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