A Citrus County teacher is under fire for hosting a white nationalist podcast, she says the reports of her being an alt-right podcaster are untrue and that the statements she has made on her podcast should be considered political satire.
This past Saturday, the Huffington Post reported Dayanna Volitich, a 25-year-old social studies teacher at Crystal River Middle School may be the voice of a white nationalist blog and podcast.
On Sunday, News Channel 8 obtained a statement released on Volitich’s behalf, calling the allegations untrue:
“None of the statements released about my being a white nationalist or white supremacist have any truth to them, nor are my political beliefs injected into my teaching of social studies curriculum. While operating under the Russian pseudonym “Tiana Dalichov” on social media and the Unapologetic Podcast, I employed political satire and exaggeration, mainly to the end of attracting listeners and followers, and generating conversation about the content discussed between myself and my guests. The views “Tiana Dalichov” espouses do not pervade my professional career. As an adult, my decisions are my own, and my family has nothing whatsoever to do with my social media accounts or my podcast. From them, I humbly ask for forgiveness, as it was never my intention to cause them grief while engaging in a hobby on my personal time. All future questions about the current situation should be directed to my attorney. I cannot comment further, due to the ongoing school board investigation.”
"I get to talk about topics that people don't like to talk about. They don't want to be seen as a bigot, racist, whatever you want to call it. I honestly don't care," the podcast host said in one clip.