A Hawaii social studies teacher who works at Campbell High School in Ewa Beach, Oahu, is being punished for sending an email in response to a staff email having to do with illegal immigrant students.
The email was first written and sent out by a counselor and showed national statistics about illegal immigrants who have not been sending their kids to school for fear that it will lead to their deportation.
Col. John Joseph Sullivan is the teacher who replied to the email, giving his two cents on the matter: ‘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 U.S. illegally, I won’t teach them.’
School administrators and the Department of Education were completely INCENSED by the email response. To think that a lowly Marine officer would have the audacity to plainly exercise his 1st amendment right to speech. These despicable administrators attacked him for supposedly violating rules on ‘discrimination’ and use of department email.
Campbell High School principal Jon Henry Lee gave his excuse for his actions:
‘I just reminded him again that we don’t discriminate against any individuals. We’re going to service all students that are registered in our school.’
Sullivan was forced to defended himself to the media by saying his email had been misinterpreted:
‘My comment in the email refers to (the email’s title) if students is (sic) kept home, teachers cannot teach them.’
Now, this is where a Department of Education spokeswoman, specifically the Director of Communications, Donalyn Dela Cruz oozed with pleasure as she used her administrative, lefty, reasoning for punishing Sullivan. Listen to the part when she says he has no freedom of speech:
‘I cant speak on what appropriate action will be taken against this teacher, but rest assured appropriate action will be taken…It’s very clear in our code of conduct that we do not discriminate on national origin as well as all the other aspects of where you’re from. Who you are. Sexual orientation, religion and the list goes on and on…What it comes down to is that we do not discriminate against anyone. We are the public school system and we service all children.’
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