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Elementary School Administrator On Leave After Admits Weeds Out Conservative Applicants

Jeremy Boland, an assistant principal at a Connecticut elementary school, admitted to discriminating against conservative and Catholic applicants in a viral video. An undercover Project Veritas reporter met with Boland and video-recorded their conversation without Boland's knowledge. In that conversation, Boland said he oversaw faculty hiring and rejected applicants with conservative views or Catholic beliefs, older than 30, or who appeared sympathetic to concerns about parental rights in education. He expressed his belief that Protestants were more liberal in Connecticut and Catholics were more conservative. Boland told the reporter that he did not hire Catholic candidates because "it's like they are brainwashed. You can never change their mindset." Boland also said he welcomed progressive teachers who would shape students' minds with their ideology. He said, "[O]pen-minded, more progressive teachers are actually more savvy about delivering a Democratic message without really ever having to mention politics." Poland claimed the messaging is subtle, which is how they can get away with it. Boland further stated if an applicant sides with the parent, they do not get the job.

The school district placed Boland on leave after the video went viral. The district superintendent stated, "We do not support any opinions that promote discriminatory practices based on race, religion, gender, or age in any way." The district announced plans to investigate Boland's hiring practices and comments. In addition, the state's attorney general has opened a civil rights investigation into any "potentially illegal discrimination or actionable misconduct" related to the video.