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Forsyth Sen. Williams to hold protest against Cherokee teacher
Michael Williams at The Collection of Forsyth.

Gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams was the first elected official in the state to support President Donald Trump’s campaign for office, and now he will hold a protest next week against a Cherokee County teacher who asked students to remove pro-Trump shirts. 

On Wednesday, Sept. 27 at noon, Williams, who represents the majority of Forsyth County as the District 27 state senator, will host a protest at Cherokee County’s River Ridge High School in Woodstock after teacher Lyn Orletsky made national headlines after telling two students to remove shirts with Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

“ANTIFA is mobilizing in the streets to suppress free speech they deem unacceptable. Now students in public schools are forced to adhere to the same demands,” Williams said in a news release. “Lyn Orletsky, and other liberal activist teachers, I’m putting you on notice: If you suppress free speech in the classroom, you will hear from me and many citizens until you are fired or resign. The First Amendment will not be destroyed in Georgia!”

Orletsky told the Atlanta Journal Constitution last week she feared the slogan would intimidate minority students after a white supremacist rally that left one dead in Charlottesville, Virginia, and said the phrase has been taken over by white supremacists like the swastika was in Nazi Germany.

“I told the boys, in light of everything that has happened, I don’t think this is an appropriate slogan to be wearing at school. Could they please go to the restroom and turn the shirt inside out?” she said.

A video of the incident between Orletsky and the students has gone viral and has been heavily discussed throughout social media.

Williams, who has previously denounced the Charlottesville rally, also spoke out against the school’s principal and said Orletsky should be fired instead of just being removed from the class. 

“Principal Darrell Herring is supporting the suppression of free speech by refusing to publicly address and fire this out-of-control teacher. He has placed political correctness above his students,” he said. “The school attempted to deceive the people of Georgia with claims the teacher had been ‘removed’ from the classroom. I’ve now learned she is simply being moved to a new classroom of children to discriminate against. She must be fired and immediately. No other resolution is acceptable. Had this been about Hillary, ANTIFA would have already burned the school down.”