A social studies teacher in Michigan said he was fired after he took to social media and posted the factual comment that President Trump is the president.
“I’m done being silent,” Justin Kucera, a former teacher at the state’s Walled Lake school district. “@Realdonaldtrump is our president. Don’t @ me.”
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The teacher, who is reportedly the school’s varsity baseball coach, told the Washington Free Beacon that his school’s principal and the district superintendent caught wind of the tweet and informed him that he could either resign or be fired. (Neither the school nor district responded to the Free Beacon’s report, which is not uncommon when schools deal with personnel issues.)
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Kucera said in a statement that he did not intend for the tweet to be seen as a tool for more division in the country. He said he believed that a lot of people are hoping that Trump fails and he doesn’t think that should be the case.
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“Agree with him or not, you should want the president to do well,” he said in the statement. “I apologized that [my tweet] brought so much negative attention, but I’m not sorry for what I said.”
The Free Beacon pointed out that Kucera benefited from supporters who spoke out in his defense. One recent graduate at the school, Walled Lake Western, said he could not recall a time Kucera ever talked about his own politics while teaching or coaching.
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“My political views have no impact on how I feel towards Mr. Kucera,” Bryant Hixson, the former student wrote. “Mr. Kucera has always been supportive of me as my AP World History and student leadership teacher and as my baseball and basketball coach.”
The alleged backlash from the tweet is another example of the growing case that there is a silent majority in the U.S. that is afraid to speak out in the most benign support for the president because the public backlash is real and it can ruin your life.
One father, who remained anonymous because he apparently did not want to be destroyed by the anti-thought mob, told the Free Beacon that Kucera was never political and actually made an assertive effort to remain “apolitical.”
“If there’s one thing that I would commend Justin for is, he always tried to stay apolitical. He always tried to stay right down the middle, avoid [political] conversations, and let the students make their own call based on their own life experiences,” the father told the website.