Hawaii teacher: 'If they are here illegally, I won't teach them'
Posted: 03/08/2017 3:03 PM
EWA BEACH, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Campbell High School teacher is facing heat after saying in an email to faculty members that he would refuse to teach the children of those in the United States illegally.
He was scheduled to meet with the school's principal Wednesday.
Hawaii News Now obtained a copy of the email, which was sent Wednesday morning. The full text of the email reads:
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."
The email was sent by social studies teacher John Sullivan in response to another email sent by a school counselor about nationwide statistics on students who are being kept home from school due to deportation fears.
In an email to Hawaii News Now on Wednesday afternoon, Sullivan called the situation a "misunderstanding."
"My comment in the email refers to (the email's title) if students is (sic) kept home, teachers cannot teach them," he wrote.