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Michigan School Teacher Says He Fired for Supporting President Trump's Push to 'School Reopen'

Michigan high school teacher Fired for Supporting President Trump's Push to 'School Reopen'

A Michigan high school teacher says he was fired for a tweet supporting President Trump’s push to reopen schools this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.

 Varsity baseball coach and social studies teacher Justin Kucera, at Walled Lake school district, said administrators summoned him to a meeting after he responded to a Trump speech in which he called for school to reopen and after the president tweeted “SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL.”

Kucera retweeted in response, “I’m done being silent. @RealDonaldTrump is our president." 

"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.

Neither the school district nor the principal responded to requests for comment.

"I know a lot of people are just rooting for Trump to fail, and I don't think that anybody should do that," Kucera said. "Agree with him or not, you should want the president to do well. I apologized that [my tweet] brought so much negative attention, but I'm not sorry for what I said."

Kucera was a popular figure at the high school before the episode, according to parents and former teachers. Even his detractors lauded him on social media as they condemned the tweet. One student said she would need to find a new "favorite teacher" after seeing the missive. Multiple sources said that the teacher never brought politics into the classroom.

Kucera told the publications that the administrators took issue with a series of tweets, which apparently violated district guidelines on expressing political views.

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