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Smithtown teacher calls students in Donald Trump gear ‘racist’

A Facebook post by Smithtown High School West

A Facebook post by Smithtown High School West teacher Veronica Welsh is being circulated on social media after she called students wearing Donald Trump gear racist. The original post could no longer be found online by Thursday afternoon. Credit: Facebook

A Smithtown High School West teacher has been reassigned after she called students wearing Donald Trump gear racist in a social media post, officials said.

A screenshot of teacher Veronica Welsh’s post began circulating Wednesday afternoon as upset parents shared the image on Facebook.

“This week is Spirit Week at Smithtown HS West,” Welsh posted on her Facebook page. “It’s easy to spot which students are racist by the Trump gear they’re sporting for USA Day.”

Welsh is still employed by the district but has been administratively reassigned, officials said Thursday.

In a statement, Smithtown schools superintendent James Grossane said the posting was “inappropriate” and the school took immediate action.

“Please be advised that we are handling this in a professional manner and all appropriate disciplinary actions are being taken,” the statement read. “This is an extremely unfortunate incident and these actions are not promoted by the Smithtown Central School District Administration and Board of Education, nor do they reflect the attitudes of our students and staff.”

The original post could no longer be found online by Thursday afternoon. According to the school’s website, Welsh is a world languages teacher.

Welsh did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Parents had mixed reactions to the post.

“Sometimes people get heated and they type away and then they want to take it back. I’m sure she’s a very good teacher,” Shane Kielmeyer, a Smithtown father, told News 12 Long Island.

However, another parent told News 12 she thought Welsh needed a harsher punishment.

“I think a slap on the wrist is not enough,” Maria Columbo said. “She needs to know that’s not the right thing to do.”

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