Citrus teacher linked to podcast claims she's not a white nationalist

By Sarah Blazonis, Reporter
Last Updated: Monday, March 05, 2018, 6:42 PM EST

In a statement issued by her attorney, a Citrus County Schools teacher who’s made national headlines for her controversial podcast said she’s not a white nationalist or white supremacist.

“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,” Crystal River Middle School social studies teacher Dayanna Volitich said in the statement.

The Huffington Post published an article March 3 reporting that Volitich was the host of the “Unapologetic” podcast. The article highlighted a recent episode in which Volitich interviewed the wife of the founder of a white nationalist media site.

Discussion included talk of some races having higher IQs than others.

“For me, it’s hard to believe, even if it’s satire,” said Ralph Soule, parent of a Crystal River Middle School student. “It would be very, very concerning because, like I said, in this day and age, it seems to me that we would be more accepting of all people.”

A man who would only identify himself as a neighbor of Volitich’s said he thinks she’s being targeted unfairly.

“She’s so quiet, keeps to herself, pretty much. Seems like a decent individual,” he said.

Volitich also said in her statement that her podcast and social media accounts have nothing to do with her family. She said, “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.”

The district issued a statement Sunday. It said it became aware of the podcast on Friday when it received a call from a Huffington Post reporter.

An investigation began immediately, and Volitich was removed from the classroom.