The superintendent of a Montana school district has confirmed that the Oscar-winning producer of “Schindler’s List” was barred from speaking to a graduating high school class because of his conservative political beliefs.
Gerald Molen — a retired Marine who also produced “Jurassic Park” and “Twister” — told the Hollywood Reporter earlier this week that Tom Stack, principal of Ronan High School, disinvited him from speaking to graduating seniors specifically because he was a “right-wing conservative.”
On Friday, Ronan School District Superintendent Andy Holmund confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter the incident “did, in fact, occur.”
“It is my understanding that the high school principal made the decision based on his point of view,” Holmund said. “It is not the view of the district. That’s not the expectations that the district maintains. That principal will not be serving in this school district for the upcoming school year.”
He said Stack has accepted a position at a different school, though would not say when or why the decision was made. According to the Hollywood Reporter, local residents believe Stack’s leaving is unrelated to the Molen situation.
Holmund described the situation and the sudden nationwide attention on his district as being “on fire.”
“Justifiably so. We don’t expect people to be treated poorly,” he said.
Stack himself has not spoken out about the incident.