Texas district votes to fire teacher who tried to report undocumented students to Trump on Twitter

The Fort Worth teacher said she was unaware the tweets were public and thought she was sending direct messages to the president.
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Nearly 90 percent of the students at Amon Carter-Riverside High School in Fort Worth, Texas, are Hispanic. Google

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By Doha Madani

A Texas school board unanimously voted to fire a teacher who tried to report undocumented students in her school district to President Donald Trump through a series of public tweets — that she thought were private messages to the president.

The Fort Worth Independent School District voted 8-0 to terminate the employment of Georgia Clark at a special meeting Tuesday. She still has an opportunity to appeal the vote with the state, NBC Dallas-Fort worth reports.

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Clark, an English teacher at Amon Carter-Riverside High School, tweeted that the school she worked at had been “taken over” by “illegal students from Mexico” and that Trump was elected “on the promise that a wall would be built to protect our borders.” She also referred to "illegals" in her tweets.

The tweets started gaining attention on social media last week, and Clark's account was deleted May 29. She was placed on administrative leave after the school district became aware of them.

According to district documents, Clark told an investigator she thought the tweets were direct messages to Trump and didn't know they were public.

Clark has previously been investigated for similar comments, according to district records obtained by NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.

She was suspended in 2013 after she allegedly referred to a group of students as "Little Mexico" and another student as "white bread."

Clark is also under investigation after she allegedly told a student to "Show me your papers ... you are illegal," after the student asked for permission to use the bathroom.

The Hispanic student population in the Fort Worth Independent School District is nearly 63 percent. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that about 88 percent of the students at the school Clark had been teaching are Hispanic.