(Miami, FL, 3/7/2018) - The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida), the State's largest civil rights and advocacy organization, is urging all those who value our student's school safety to join CAIR-Florida in urging the Citrus County School District to immediately remove Dayanna Volitich, a social studies teacher at Crystal River Middle School running a racist podcast.
"Volitich's clear anti-Islamic and xenophobic convictions are dangerous, not only to the education of Crystal River students but to local and state communities at large. It makes us all less safe, is misrepresentative, and furthers the Islamophobic agenda. The only element that should be eradicated from this earth, or the classroom for that matter, is 'hate' - not a religion that teaches peace, understanding, and compassion," said CAIR-Florida's Central Florida Regional Director, Rasha Mubarak.
Action Alert 1:
CAIR-Florida welcomes Crystal River Middle School's Superintendent Sandra Himmel's decision to immediately remove Dayanna Volitich, also known as Tiana Dalichov, a social studies teacher who ran a racist podcast: "Unapologetic.”
If the investigation confirms the allegations that Volitich was pushing her views in the classroom, CAIR-Florida requests that Superintendent Himmel demands Volitich's permanent termination as such conduct would clearly violate Florida's Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession and federal laws.
Along with her termination, CAIR-Florida's seeks that the School District issue a condemnation, an apology, and offer an Islam 101 educational workshop to its educators.
LINK to Action Alert 1
Action Alert 2:
CAIR-Florida highly encourages Principal Inge Frederick to work with our organization to provide a series of Islam 101 trainings at Crystal River Middle School.
Volitich publicly spewed Islamophobic rhetoric through this podcast avenue, on Twitter, and via other social media accounts. Notably, in a February 26 episode of the podcast obtained by HuffPost, Volitich talked about being a middle school teacher in her second year --, she says she strives to teach her views to her students and take back influence in the classroom from "the left." She also says she staved off any suspicion by encouraging students to "play along" when she acted differently under the observation of superiors.
Link to Action Alert 2
CAIR-Florida is the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR-Florida es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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CAIR-Florida's Communications Director, Wilfredo A. Ruiz, firstname.lastname@example.org, 305.502.6749
CAIR-Florida's Orlando Regional Director, Rasha Mubarak, rMubarak@cair.com, 407.490.9407