Gregory Conte, who served as a substitute teacher for the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington, Maryland was recently fired due to his nationalist and far-right beliefs. Conte had been teaching at the school since August of 2016.
Conte is a member of the National Policy Institute, (NPI), which promotes white identitarianism for the United States. Richard Spencer, its leader, had selected Conte to be a part of his inner circle. Students also discovered that Conte had attended the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA. This was, evidently, enough for him to be relieved of his position at the school.
On Thursday, the school’s president and CEO, Kathleen Ryan Prebble, distributed a letter to parents explaining that students had discovered his ties and that he was “immediately” fired. Prebble also noted that “Prior to his firing, he [Conte] was successfully using an alternate identity in his work with his atrocious group.” She also explained that there was “no reason to think that he negatively influenced any of our girls with his philosophy.”
Meanwhile, the school admitted that they had known about Conte’s ties since October, but had waited until this January to remove him and notify the girls’ parents. In an interview Conte empathized with the school, saying that it was only trying to “protect its own position”. “I get why they are doing that”, he remarked, “They are doing it because they are put in an awkward position where they have employed somebody with whom they have no problem and whose views did not at all adversely affect the school’s operations.”
“I don’t regret it,” stated Conte on Fox News, “I obviously liked working at the school and I miss everybody.”