A public school teacher in Hawaii is learning a big lesson today as he continues to face attack and recrimination for daring to speak up in support of President Donald Trump and against illegal immigration.
Social Studies teacher John Sullivan sent a private email to a coworker, after that coworker had sent out a recent article citing statistics about the high number of illegal immigrant children being kept home from school because of worries of deportation. Somehow Sullivan’s response made it into the hands of local media and now Sullivan faces discipline from his employer and persecution from the liberals in his community.
What could Sullivan have possibly said, in a private email, to get him in so much trouble?
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“This is another attack on the President over deportation. Their parents need to apply for immigration like everyone else. If they are here in the US illegally, I won’t teach them.”
Sullivan’s critics claim that he was obviously refusing to teach illegal immigrants… except, Sullivan was already teaching them when they showed up to his class. Sullivan says that he wasn’t refusing to teach anyone. He simply meant, if the kids weren’t in class he “couldn’t” teach them. “My comment in the email refers to (the email’s title) if students is (sic) kept home, teachers cannot teach them,” Sullivan wrote to Hawaii News Now.
The school’s principal later spoke with local news outlets to assure them that Sullivan was being dealt with.
“I just reminded him again that we don’t discriminate against any individuals,” said Lee, who referenced the Department of Education’s Code of Conduct. “We’re going to service all students that are registered in our school.”
Lee also said that Sullivan violated school rules concerning the use of the department’s email system by sharing a political opinion.
Sure, Sullivan violated school rules for sharing a political opinion but what about the email that he was responding too? The article that he thought was an “attack on the President”? That original email to the entire school, was obviously political in nature as well, but no one will be judged harshly about that.
Sadly, Sullivan now has to deal with the anger and opposition of his mostly liberal community and school, simply for believing that illegal immigration is wrong and that the President is right.