DeKalb County, GA, February 23, 2017 – by Anna Williams for The Post – DeKalb County School District (DCSD) Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green issued a statement Thursday, disputing the accuracy of an article published on WorldNetDaily.com, an article he says falsely reports that three school employees were fired for their political views.
Dr. Green says in the release, “The article inaccurately represents the voluntary departure of three school district employees – two teachers and one nurse”. The three were investigated by DCSD for alleged comments made last November after President Donald Trump was elected, suggesting DeKalb students with immigrant backgrounds faced deportation.
The two teachers were initially removed from Cross Keys High amid claims they made the pro-Trump comments, while DCSD investigated the allegations. The two teachers were identified in school system documents as Susan Petre, an ESOL and History Teacher and Diane Clark, a French and World Language Teacher. Petre and Clark disputed the claims and said their comments were misunderstood. Both teachers and the nurse voluntarily resigned, says DSCD.
“Following fair and thorough school district investigations by the appropriate school principals, those principals and the regional superintendent of these employees unanimously recommended termination,” Dr. Green’s statement reads. “All three employees provided written/oral comments and were afforded a full chance to rebut allegations and challenge any recommendations. All three voluntarily left the system without termination.”
Dr. Green said the news outlet never contacted him or the District to discuss the facts.
“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,” Dr. Green adds. “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.”
Dr. Green’s full statement is below.