(CNN) Dayanna Volitich is a social studies teacher at Crystal River Middle School in Crystal River, Florida. Online, she was also known as "Tiana Dalichov," the pseudonymous host of a white supremacist podcast called "Unapologetic" and the voice behind a Twitter account riddled with racist and antisemitic posts.
In a statement through her attorney, Volitich confirmed that she was the one speaking as Dalichov on the podcast, but claimed her comments were "political satire and exaggeration" and the persona was a "hobby."
"None of the statements released about my being a white nationalist or white supremacist have any truth to them, nor are my political beliefs injected into my teaching of social studies curriculum," she said in the statement.
Now that her alter ego has come to light, Volitich has been removed from the classroom while the school district investigates her behavior.
In a statement provided to CNN, the Citrus County School District said "the Human Resources department was notified and an investigation was initiated immediately" when they learned of Volitich's alleged online behavior.
"The teacher has been removed from the classroom and the investigation is ongoing," the statement read.
Assistant Superintendent Michael Mullen also told CNN Volitich is still employed by the school, but "does not have contact with students while the investigation is being conducted."
A racist alter ego
The Huffington Post first connected the 25-year-old teacher to her online persona earlier this week. Details tweeted from @TianaDalichov's account matched up with details of Volitich's life, and the account appeared to use a photo of Volitich as its avatar, according to the news outlet. Dalichov's online presence has now mostly been scrubbed.
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