Citrus County teacher removed from class over podcast

By Jason Lanning, Reporter
Last Updated: Monday, March 05, 2018, 10:13 AM EST

The Citrus County School District has removed a middle school teacher from the classroom after reports she hosts a white nationalist podcast. 

Reports of 25-year-old Dayanna Volitich hosting a podcast called "Unapologetic" using the name Tiana Dalichov first surfaced last weekend on the Huffington Post website. Volitich is a social studies teacher at Crystal River Middle School.

In the podcast, the teacher allegedly talks to Lena Lokteff, the wife of the founder of Red Ice, a white nationalist multimedia website that some consider a hate group.

In a clip from the podcast — Voltich allegedly talks about hiding her political beliefs from administrators and agrees with Lokteff that people who share white nationalist opinions need to infiltrate schools and quote "take them back."

The podcaster also talks to Lokteff about Lokteff's contention that some races have higher IQs than others. 

"So many other researches have already looked in to this, and that’s just the way it is, there are races that have higher IQ’s than others," Voltich says in a podcast clip. "It’s a reality ... funny how the left claims to be like "we are the ones who are the real scientists. Yeah pseudoscientists.  Climate change.  Yeah exactly."

Voltich has deleted her social media accounts and the podcast website.

The district will not be answering any questions about the teacher until its investigation is complete, it stated.

School district officials stated in a release: 

"On Friday, March 2, 2018 the Citrus County School District was made aware of a concerning podcast by a Huffington Post reporter. The reporter indicated they believed one of the persons participating in the podcast was a teacher at Crystal River Middle School.

"The Human Resources department was notified and an investigation was initiated immediately. The teacher has been removed from the classroom and the investigation is ongoing. Pursuant to Florida Statute an open investigation and materials related to it are exempt from public record and cannot be discussed until the investigation is complete."