A Hawaii high school teacher has been attacked after sending an email to faculty members Wednesday saying that he would refuse to teach students who did not enter the U.S. legally.

John Sullivan, a social studies teacher at Campbell High School in Ewa Beach on Ohau, responded to an email sent by a school counselor about students staying home from school due to deportation fears.

“This is another attack on the President over deportation,” said Sullivan in the email obtained by Hawaii News Now. “Their parents need to apply for immigration like everyone else. If they are here in the US illegally, I won’t teach them.”

Jon Henry Lee, the principal of the school, told the station that he reminded Sullivan that their school does not “discriminate against any individuals” and that every registered student will be serviced.

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Lee also said that Sullivan broke school rules by using the department’s email system to share an opinion on a political matter.

Sullivan stated that the whole situation was a “misunderstanding.” He sent an email to Hawaii News Now saying that his comment refered to not being able to teach kids who are home.

Sullivan may still face punishment by the school’s principal, according to the report.

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