Michigan school fires popular teacher, varsity baseball coach for tweeting "Trump is our president"

by Peter Heck · Jul 21st, 2020 10:58 am

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Last Updated Jul 22nd, 2020 at 10:58 pm

A Michigan school district is facing serious questions after it dismissed a popular teacher and coach for tweeting "Donald Trump is our president," as well as retweeting a post from the president expressing his desire to open schools in the fall.

Varsity baseball coach and social studies teacher Justin Kucera was pulled in to a closed-door meeting with his principal and district superintendent after posting the following tweet on July 6:

I'm done being silent.

@realDonaldTrump is our president ❌?

Don't @ me

Kucera later the same night retweeted President Trump's call to open schools in the fall. After the meeting with his superiors, Kucera was given the option to 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."

Kucera told school officials that while he apologized that his tweet drew so much negative attention, he did not apologize for what he said.

While multiple parents and students objected to the firing, still others questioned the administration's consistency in their decision. A kindergarten teacher at Keith Elementary School, part of the same district as Kucera, wrote on Facebook in 2016 that Trump was a "sociopath" and "narcissist." Another teacher who has since retired, Paulette Loe, prompted students to read an Atlantic article detailing "how to beat Trump."

Neither of those two teachers were fired.


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