A popular Michigan teacher has been relieved of his teaching duties for simply stating the “Trump is our President.”
The tweet was supposedly in support of the President’s push to reopen schools.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
Varsity baseball coach and social studies teacher Justin Kucera said Walled Lake school district officials hauled him into a closed-door meeting after he indicated his support for President Trump’s speech to reopen schools. He told the Washington Free Beacon the Walled Lake Western principal and district superintendent gave him an ultimatum: be fired or resign.
I’m done being silent. @realDonaldTrump is our president ❌🧢
Don’t @ me
— Coach Kucera (@CoachKWLW) July 7, 2020
“I was required to meet with [human resources], the superintendent, and my principal [on July 10]. They initially took my statement on why I tweeted those tweets and they told me they would have a decision about my future employment in the upcoming days. When they completed the meeting, I was told I had the option to either be fired or resign.” Kucera said.
Kucera said the statement that cost him his job was intended to unify, rather than divide.
Kucera said a lot of people are rooting for “Trump to fail” but that he doesn’t think you “should want any president to fail.”
The decision appears to be biased when examining political statements by other teachers who were not disciplined.
Other Walled Lake teachers have expressed their political views without any repercussions. Paulette Loe, a now-retired Walled Lake Western teacher, encouraged students to read an article from the Atlantic about “how to beat Trump” while still employed. Nicole Estes, a kindergarten teacher in the district, called Trump a “sociopath” and a “narcissist” on Facebook in 2016 and is still employed at Keith Elementary School. Neither Loe nor Estes responded to requests for comment.
The teachers union nor any representatives from the school would comment on the matter.