A 25-year-old middle school social studies teacher in Florida has secretly been hosting a white nationalist podcast, as well as expressing right wing extremist views, including racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim thoughts, on Twitter, in video interviews and in columns.
Dayanna Volitich, who works at Crystal River Middle School in Citrus County, Florida, has used the name Tiana Dalichov online since at least early 2017, HuffPost reports. The news site exposed her real identity after she bragged on her podcast about being a teacher who had been able to secretly bring her views into the classroom. The website Angry White Men, which tracks the alt-right movement, also revealed details about Tiana Dalichov’s background.
HuffPost connected several details of Volitich’s life with the Tiana Dalichov persona. Heavy has confirmed those details. Volitich is 25 and lives in Crystal City, Florida, and Dalichov mentioned online that she is 25 and lives in the same city. Dalichov also talked openly about being a middle school teacher who started working in 2016. And Dalichov also talked about being from the Pittsburgh area, which is where Volitich is from. Volitich can also be seen on the Crystal River Middle School website wearing the same earrings as those Dalichov was wearing in her Twitter profile photo. And, as HuffPost writes, “the names ‘Tiana Dalichov’ and ‘Dayanna Volitich’ share all but two of the same letters and the same number of syllables.”
Volitich has since deleted social media profiles in her real name and those under her pseudonym, and wiped out the archives of her podcast, “Unapologetic.” Archived versions of her podcast can still be heard here. She did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Heavy. The school district has said it is investigating.
HuffPost reports that after the news site made inquiries to the school district about Volitich, the Tiana Dalichov account tweeted, she “might disappear for a while.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. ‘Tiana Dalichov’ Suggested Terror Attacks Will Continue Unless ‘We Eradicate’ Muslims ‘From the Face of the Earth’ & Said It Isn’t ‘White Supremacist or Hateful to Prefer Your Own People Over Others’
Dayanna Volitich launched her podcast, “Unapologetic,” under the name Tiana Dalichov in February 2018.
“Unapologetic is a show that jumps into hard and taboo topics combining facts, class, and sass into a short show that covers lots of hard-hitting content from news, current events, and politics,” the show’s description said. “Come for the knowledge, stay for the fun!”
The show is affiliated with Remso Republic and Remso W. Martinez. He is a”a independent journalist and new media producer living in the D.C. area. Remso is best known for his podcast the Remso Republic, which reaches thousands of listeners each episode across many on-demand platforms and networks,” according to his website, which has deleted posts about “Unapologetic.”
Before starting her own podcast, Volitich wrote under the Tiana Dalichov pseudonym on the website Halsey News Network and appeared on YouTube channels and podcasts hosted by other white nationalist and alt right figures. She also talked about the anti-Semitic “Jewish Question,” on Twitter, shared posts by author Kevin MacDonald, and “praised, defended and retweeted white supremacists and neo-Nazis, including David Duke, Arthur Jones, Patrick Casey, Mark Collett and Mike Peinovich, aka Mike Enoch, according to HuffPost.
On February 5, Tiana Dalichov tweeted, “It isn’t white supremacist or hateful to prefer your own people over others.”
In November, she tweeted, “White privilege? Prove to me that it exists. Show me statistics that prove whites benefit economically SOLELY because of their race.” In October, she tweeted, “What does having compassion have to do with the fact that systematic racism and white privilege aren’t real?”
Her tweets briefly led to her account being suspended from Twitter in October. She posted a screenshot of the alert from Twitter and wrote, “Apologize for my absence. Twitter confined me in Twitter jail for the second time this week for educating people on the horrors of Islam. Let’s see if they make m delete this tweet, too. Place your bets.”
She also showed the tweet that was reported, which said, “Twitter forced me to delete these tweets about the reality of Islam, claiming they violated the rules.”
In February, the Tiana Dalichov account called lip plates worn by Ethiopian tribes, “This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen,” in response to a tweet about “Black Panther.” She added, “And they get mad when we point out aggregate difference in IQ between Caucasoids and Negroids. Good Lord.”
She appeared on a “Halsey Live” YouTube stream in September 2017 to talk about the issue of NFL players kneeling to protest racism and police brutality.
She also appeared on a “Halsey Live” stream to talk about Title IX:
In a tweet in October, Tiana Dalichov shared a screenshot of a book for teachers on “Confronting Racism in Classrooms,” according to HuffPost. She wrote, “You know America’s education system is designed to enable victimization when teachers are forced to learn about institutional racism and prove it’s real when it isn’t. I literally feel brain cells dying as I read this bullshit.”
Tiana Dalichov also says on her Twitter account that she is the co-host of “On the Write,” adding in her profile, “Historian. Writer. Conservative.”
2. On the ‘Tiana Dalichov’ Podcast, She Talked About Convincing Administrators She Wasn’t Bringing Bias Into the Classroom & Agreed White Supremacists Should Infiltrate Schools as Teachers
In the latest episode of the “Unapologetic” podcast, Dayanna Volitich talked with Lana Lokteff, who works for Red Ice TV, an organization recently designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“Join @LanaLokteff and I as we tear apart intersectional feminism in this newest episode of the #UnapologeticPodcast. 👊🏻🇺🇸,” she tweeted on February 26 along with a link to the podcast. “Addendum: This is an UNCUT episode with 40 minutes of raw awesomeness for you 😘 💅🏻 Enjoy!”
Volitich talked about being a teacher during the episode. She said when students ask her questions about current events she responds with “unbiased facts.”
But on the podcast episode with Lokteff, Volitich said she lied to her school’s principal about her views after parents complained that she was injecting political bias into the classroom. Volitich said the principal believed her and “backed off,” after the complaints.
Lotkeff said on the podcast that white supremacists need to infiltrate public schools as teachers.
“They don’t have to be vocal about their views, but get in there. Be more covert and just start taking over those places,” Lotkeff said.
Volitich replied, “Right. I’m absolutely one of them.”
Lotkeff talked on the same podcast about how diversity in schools is not a good thing, saying it’s wrong to think a a “kid from Nigeria and a kid who came from Sweden are supposed to learn exactly the same” and said that they don’t have the “same IQ.” Volitich agreed and argued that science has proven certain races are smarter than others.
She also defended a student whose science project concluded African Americans have lower IQs than whites.
“I was like, ‘This is science though,’” she said on the podcast. “This is — so many researchers have already looked into this, and that’s just the way it is. There are races that have higher IQs than others.”
You can listen to the entire podcast here and can listen to clips below:
On the podcast, Volitich said about being a public school educator with white nationalist views, “It’s something that, as a teacher, it’s a tough place to be.” She said she has been “incredibly lucky” to find like-minded co-workers.
She told Lotkeff that she plays by the rules when her supervisors are watching, saying she puts on an act, a “dog-and-pony show,” and said she asks her students to play along.
“But, I’m pretty aware — hyper-aware — that they’ll be watching and that they’ll be listening, so I’m getting a little bit more underhanded as to how I deal with it,” she said about school administrators.
Since HuffPost published its article on Volitich, Lotkeff has defended her on Twitter.
“Another witch hunt! Lefties never wanted diversity of thought/opinion. They are terrified of it because they are weak. They want leftist totalitarian rule where they police everyone for “wrong think.” They are delusional religious zealots who hate nature. They’re not gonna last,” she tweeted.
Bre Faucheux, a nationalist author who has appeared on shows with Volitich, tweeted, “These pieces of trash at the radical left wing rag HuffPo doxed Tiana Dalichov and slandered her! Once again, I suspect two certain individuals handed over her personal info because the fat conservative commentator is the only one who knew her IRL name!”
Lotkeff tweeted to Faucheux, “we all know a leftist can openly say kill all White men & express hate against rightists and never ever get fired or blacklisted.”
3. She Has Been a Social Studies Teacher at Crystal River Middle School Since 2016 & Has Recently Attacked the Florida School Shooting Survivors, Including Suggesting It Could Be a Conspiracy
Volitich has been a social studies teacher at Crystal River Middle School since 2016. She obtained her temporary teaching license on July 1, 2016, Florida records show. She has a 3-year non-renewable license that is set to expire in June 2019.
In the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, which occurred about 275 miles south of Crystal River Middle School, where Volitich teaches, she has defended the NRA, expressed support for the idea of arming teachers, including herself, to protect students and has joined in on the attacks on the shooting survivors who have called for gun control. You can see two of her tweets to David Hogg below:
She also recently questioned whether a Georgia teacher who fired a shot inside a classroom last week was part of a conspiracy to undermine the proposal by President Donald Trump, the NRA and some Republicans to arm teachers.
“Everything that just happened at Dalton High School seems a little too convenient,” she tweeted on February 28. “Maybe that’s just me. 🤔”
She added, “Looking at all the tweets about Dalton High School INSISTING it isn’t a conspiracy really makes you wonder if it’s actually a conspiracy. 🤔”
In another tweet she said, “Seems awfully convenient that this happened within a week of the President suggesting teachers be armed. 🤔”
And then also said, “How convenient that a liberal teacher at Dalton High School decided to barricade himself in his classroom and discharge his firearm only a week after Trump proposed arming teachers. The Left really will stoop low enough to put their agenda above the lives of innocent people.”
The Georgia teacher actually has posted conservative views, and called himself a “Teapublitarian” on social media. The teacher has a history of mental episodes.
She also exchanged messages with students at Dalton High School, criticizing their views.
“If you’re traumatized, why are you even on Twitter right now?” she said to one.
To another, she said, “Just because you are afraid doesn’t mean it wasn’t staged,” and added to a student who called the conspiracy theories utterly cruel, “That doesn’t negate the fact that it was probably a political stunt designed to advance an anti-gun agenda.”
4. Volitich Is Originally From the Pittsburgh Area, Graduated From Ohio State University in 2014 & Wrote a YA Sci-Fi Novel Called ‘Agenda 46’
Dayanna Volitich is originally from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. Volitich said she grew up in a house with conservative parents.
She graduated from Ohio State University in 2014 with a degree in American History. She also claimed on her GoodReads profile under the name Tiana Dalichov that she earned a master’s degree in physiology of the brain from Johns Hopkins University.
She has previously worked at her father’s company and as an intern at an orthodontics company. She also has been a private tutor for Kaplan Test Prep Partners.
In an appearance on The Resistance Podcast in June 2017, Volitich talked about how she identifies as a conservative who believes in small government, saying the government should not be involved in anything except for the military, but said she does not call herself a Republican
Volitich studied Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian language at Ohio State. She has said she is of Serbian and Russian descent, and has joked on her Twitter profile about being Russian and part of the conspiracy.
In 2012, while at Ohio State, she won an award for performing a solo dance from Vranje.
She is also an author of young adult fantasy and science fiction books that she has self-published, including “Agenda 46,” which she promoted on several right wing podcasts and YouTube shows, including 27Crows radio, which says it is fighting against those who are “dispossessing the white race of their history, heritage, culture and countries.”
“Dalichov is also the author of the Keeper of Light trilogy and “Waltz of a Dying Candle,” and is a shamelessly self-proclaimed anime junkie. She currently lives in Crystal River, Florida, with her colony of geckos and poisonous snakes,” she wrote on GoodReads.
On Amazon, she describes “Agenda 46,” as the first in the Rebellion Rising series:
In a land of absolute obedience, one young woman dares to risk it all for freedom in Tiana Dalichov’s riveting sci-fi thriller, Agenda 46. In the year 2141, the United States suffers devastating poverty, oppression, and brutality. Led by Nikolai Azarov, who will go to any extreme to maintain his iron grip on the people, the country has seemingly lost all hope. That is, until nineteen-year-old Danijela Archer heroically rescues a young boy from a public whipping. With her single bold act of defiance, citizens see a chance to be liberated. Now known as “The Lioness,” Danijela continues her work with the rebel group identified as the Order of Helios whose ultimate goal is to assassinate Azarov and return America to its former glory. But when she suddenly begins suffering from bizarre hallucinations and unexpected mood swings, Danijela fears something has gone terribly wrong—especially after she uncovers a top secret government project that proves no one is safe. Danijela will have to fight harder than she ever imagined—against those who would be her friends…and against her own mind.
5. The School District Wouldn’t Confirm Volitich Is ‘Tiana Dalichov,’ but Said It Will ‘Be Looking into the Statements’ to See if They Violate Its Ethics Code
The Citrus County School District is investigating, according to HuffPost. Scott Hebert, executive director of educational services for the school district, told the website that he could not confirm Tiana Dalichov is Dayanna Volitich, but said the district will be “looking into the statements she made, checking the validity to see if they violate our code of ethics and policy.”
Herbert added, “She does not speak on behalf of the Citrus County School District. The views she’s listed are really not in line with how our district operates.”
The school where Volitich works is 90 percent white, according to HuffPost. Only about 4 percent of students there are black and 3 percent are Hispanic.
The school district’s social media pages have been flooded with comments calling for Volitich to be fired, while many have shared contact information for district and school officials, encouraging others to contact them and ask for Volitich to be removed from the school.
A social studies teacher at Crystal River High School, also a part of the Citrus County school district, retired in 2017 before he could be disciplined for using inappropriate language in the classroom. That teacher, Andreas Zybell, who had worked at the high school for 16 years, called Trump supporters, “white trash, uneducated and redneck,” during a November 2017 class, according to the Citrus County Chronicle.
Zybell would have been disciplined if he had not retired, the newspaper reports.