(WWJ) A popular Michigan high school teacher and coach says he was fired simply for expressing his support for President Donald Trump.
Walled Lake Varsity baseball coach and social studies teacher Justin Kucera retweeted the president on July 6, commenting: "I'm done being silent. @realDonaldTrump is our president."
According to a release from the Trump campaign in Michigan, Kucera said school district officials hauled him into a closed-door meeting after he tweeted his support for Trump's call to reopen schools.
Kucera told the Washington Free Beacon that the Walled Lake Western principal and district superintendent gave him an ultimatum: Resign or be fired.
Kucera said it was not his intention to be divisive.
"I know a lot of people are just rooting for Trump to fail, and I don't think that anybody should do that," Kucera told the Beacon. "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."
Walled Lake Schools did not confirm or deny the firing in a statement sent to WWJ Newsrasdio 950.
"As a matter of policy and practice, Walled Lake Schools does not comment on current and/or former employees as it relates to specific personnel issues," wrote a spokesperson for the district.
"These are difficult times in our community and across our country. 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. We believe in the power of education and critical thinking. We believe vigorous community discussion, done with civility and mutual respect leads to productive and innovative outcomes. In the Walled Lake Schools’ educational setting, we encourage positive discourse and working together to make decisions that benefit our community."
WWJ reached out to Kucera on social media Tuesday, but did receive a response.
Chris Gustafson, Michigan Press Secretary for Trump Victory, says Trump supporters have suffered for speaking out in this way.
"Supporters of President Trump continue to face unprecedented violence and hatred, stemming all the way from the top, including the Michigan Democrat Chair calling all Trump supporters racist just this spring," Gustafson said, in a statement. "Bottom Line: The violence and hatred of Joe Biden's Democrat party continues to force those who support President Trump to either lose their jobs or stay silent. Michiganders are fed up with Joe Biden and the far-left and look forward to re-electing President Trump in November."