In an effort to understand the punishment given to math teacher Lyn Orletsky, the teacher who compared Trump shirts to Swastikas, we’ve hit a dead end.
Because of state laws within the state of Georgia, Turning Point News is unable to obtain information about Orletsky’s punishments for kicking two out two of her students from class for wearing Trump shirts.
“Per State law, school systems can’t talk about employee disciplinary action,” a district spokesperson said in an email to TPN. “Should the teacher resign or be recommended by the Superintendent for termination, it will be on the School Board meeting agenda, which is published a week in advance of the meeting.”
No other indication of punishment or any termination action is known because of this. Orletsky did not show up for classes either, after the long Labor Day weekend and holiday, the spokesperson said.
The Superintendent of the Cherokee County School District apologized to the campus community, parents, and made the statement public to the general population and media hawks (guilty as charged).
“Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower is deeply sorry that this incident happened in one of our schools; it does not reflect his expectation that all students be treated equally and respectfully by our employees,” reads a statement via prior coverage. “…The Superintendent also is instructing all Principals to meet with their teachers and staff to review the dress code and remind them that their political opinions should not be shared with students.”
Orletsky made international headlines after a video of the incident was released by American conservative personality Charlie Kirk, through his Turning Point USA social media pages. Soon, the video went viral and was featured in major publications all over the world.
Notably, Reuters–an international wire service–published a write-up the incident that was featured in several far east news publications. Even the simplest Google News search would yield differing coverage and perspectives on the event.
Nonetheless, the release of the video was the beginning of a media firestorm that asked the question of why a high school math teacher was infusing her classroom management skills with her political ideology. Orkeltsky likened pro-Trump slogans like “Make America Great Again” as a similar symbol to the demonic, neo-Nazi representation of the Swastika.