A popular teacher and baseball coach with Walled Lake school district has been terminated following a simple tweet:
“I’m done being silent. [Donald Trump] is our president. Don’t @ me”
I’m done being silent. @realDonaldTrump is our president ❌?
Don’t @ me
— Coach Kucera (@CoachKWLW) July 7, 2020
The tweet landed coach Justin Kucera in a meeting with the principal and superintendent where they offered Kucera an ultimatum: resign or be fired.
“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,” Kucera said. “When they completed the meeting, I was told I had the option to either be fired or resign.”
Alumni and parents are unhappy with the hasty decision to fire the coach who they’ve known and admired for years.
“Prior to Mr. Kucera’s tweet, I cannot recall an instance where he shared his political affiliations while teaching or coaching,” recent graduate Bryant Hixson said of Kucera.
One parent of two Walled Lake Wester students told the Free Beacon that Kucera was apolitical:
“Justin coached my son his entire high school career and also was his AP History teacher and student leadership teacher for two years. I know Justin very well…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 anonymous parent withheld their name out of fear of retribution and told the Free Beacon that Kucera’s termination was likely due to mob pressure.
Kucera said that the school district took issue with a series of tweets that allegedly violated the policy of keeping political opinions to oneself. However, two other teachers at his school have expressed political opinions and were not terminated for doing so.
Paulette Loe encouraged her students to read an article from the Atlantic “about how to beat Trump” while another teacher, Nicole Estes, called Trump a “sociopath” and “narcissist” on Facebook in 2016. Loe has since retired and Estes is still employed.
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