Justin Kucera, an AP world history teacher & baseball coach at Walled Lake Western High School, said he was given a choice to be fired or resign after a Zoom meeting with district administrators concerning three of his July 6th tweets, The Detroit News reported.
The tweets of concern were a retweet of the President’s post that declared, “SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL” and a tweet that said, “I’m done being silent. @realDonaldTrump is our president … Don’t @ me.”
The former teacher then responded to a reply to his tweet by writing, “Liberals suck man,” with that post later deleted.
“I think we should be rooting for him to succeed because if the president succeeds we all succeed,” he said.
Kucera said that in a second Zoom meeting, when he declined to resign, he was informed his last day would be July 17th.
The Washington Free Beacon first reported Kucera’s allegations Tuesday morning.
Walled Lake Consolidated Schools denied Kucera’s allegations, with Superintendent Kenneth Gutman telling Fox Business, “No disciplinary action was taken as a result of any support of President Trump and we are unable to comment on specific staff discipline/personnel matters.”
Judy Evola, the director of community relations for the district, said that the school district believes in “critical thinking,” “positive discourse,” and civil and respectful “community discussion.”
“These are difficult times in our community and across our country,” she said. “When issues arise, there’s a temptation to view items through the lens of our fractured political discourse. Walled Lake encourages students and staff members to engage each other with mutual respect and civility.”
Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Laura Cox called the story “incredibly disturbing”.
“No public employee should have to fear for their job because of their political beliefs,” she said.
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, a Michigan native, published Superintendent Kenneth Gutman’s Twitter handle, email and phone number for people to ask him to explain the “disgraceful double standard.”
“While liberal teachers in the school district went unpunished, a teacher was fired for expressing support for @realDonaldTrump,” McDaniel said.