Georgia teacher who told students to remove Trump shirt resigns

In this March 19, 2016, file photo, a supporter holds a sign as then Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Fountain Hills, Ariz. A Cherokee County high school teacher tendered her resignation after she told two students that their “Make America Great Again” shirts weren’t allowed in class. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

ATLANTA — A Georgia teacher surrounded by controversy over students wearing “Make America Great Again” T-shirts has given her resignation to school officials.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Lyn Orletsky sent her resignation to the Cherokee County school board, which will review it Thursday. She was put on administrative leave in September after asking two students wearing the shirts to turn them inside out. The slogan was popularized by President Donald Trump during his campaign.

The River Ridge High School math teacher says her request to the students was motivated by white nationalists who used the slogan during August’s deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The school district said the students weren’t in trouble.

Orletsky said in a statement Wednesday that threats on her life and character led her to decide on resigning.



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