By Kyle James  |  01-07-2018   News
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It seems a Catholic all-girls high school in Maryland isn't taking any chance of having an employee associated with the "alt-right" movement, and you can't really blame them.

The Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington fired substitute teacher Greg Conte after finding out he was a member of the alt-right movement and advisor to the movement's leader Richard Spencer.

The head of the school, Kathleen Prebble, told students in a meeting held Friday, "This was not about politics. I told the students this is about extremism and hate." The school also issued a letter to parents revealing an investigation they conducted into the teacher which led to him being fired.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Catholic school uncovers Alt-Right leader working as teacher &amp; coach. <a href="https://twitter.com/AHC_news?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AHC_news</a> fired <a href="https://twitter.com/Real_Greg_Conte?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Real_Greg_Conte</a> who is associated <a href="https://twitter.com/RichardBSpencer?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RichardBSpencer</a> <a href="https://t.co/6bnK6N2No6">pic.twitter.com/6bnK6N2No6</a></p>&mdash; Mark Segraves (@SegravesNBC4) <a href="https://twitter.com/SegravesNBC4/status/949342922096431104?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 5, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The school says students were beginning to find out about Greg Conte through social media and since school administrators disagreed with his views they decided that firing him was in the best interest of the school. A brief scroll through Conte's Twitter feed reveals several questionable posts mentioning Hitler being innocent and other text in Arabic.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="ar" dir="rtl"> , . ! <a href="https://twitter.com/EgyptEmbassyUSA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@EgyptEmbassyUSA</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/SaudiEmbassyUSA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SaudiEmbassyUSA</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/IraqiEmbassyUSA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@IraqiEmbassyUSA</a></p>&mdash; Gregory Ritter (@Real_Greg_Conte) <a href="https://twitter.com/Real_Greg_Conte/status/948277145251602432?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 2, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Whether he was trolling or not, we live in a time when your words and actions even on social media can cost you your career. It is one thing to be proud of your heritage and your race, but people will draw the line when you start saying Hitler never did anything wrong. You just can't do that without repercussions in today's society even though it should fall under protected free speech.

Conte said in an interview he wasn't surprised that he was fired but he was disappointed since he enjoyed the job. "I think they fired me because they were afraid of negative backlash in the media," he said. When Prebble confronted him, Conte admitted to working for the alt-right movement, an offshoot of conservatism that mixes racism, white nationalism, anti-Semitism, and populism.

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Source: https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Maryland-Catholic-Girls-High-School-Fires-Alt-Right-Teacher-468152783.html

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