'Alt-right'-affiliated substitute teacher, former coach fired from Md. Catholic school

Greg Conte (Photo courtesy of Greg Conte/Twitter)

A substitute teacher and former coach at an all-girls Montgomery County Catholic college preparatory school has been fired for being affiliated with the "alt-right" movement.

According to Kathleen Ryan Prebble, president and CEO at The Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington, Greg Conte was let go when she learned of his alt-right beliefs.

The alt-right is a far-right conservative group that supports white supremacy and white nationalism.

Prebble says in a letter to parents that was sent out Thursday, that Conte was using an "alternate identity in his work with this atrocious group." She says there is "no reason to think he negatively influenced any of our girls with his philosophy."

On Friday, Prebble met with the students to talk to them about the situation.

Prebble says the school's primary goal is to surround students with "adult role models who embody our mission, values, and beliefs."

Read the letter in full below:

"Dear Parents/Guardians,
Today I learned that it is coming to our students' attention via social media that former coach and substitute teacher, Greg Conte, is a member of the "alt-right" movement. The information they are receiving is accurate, including his admission that he was fired from Holy Cross immediately after his affiliation with the "alt-right" came to my attention. Prior to his firing, he was successfully using an alternate identity in his work with this atrocious group.
As for his potential impact on our girls, I conducted an investigation at the time of his firing and determined there was no reason to think that he negatively influenced any of our girls with his philosophy. It appears that at the time he was focused on maintaining an appropriate persona for our school environment. I will nonetheless be meeting with our girls tomorrow, Friday, January 5, about this situation, reinforcing that our primary goal is to surround them with adult role models who embody our mission, values, and beliefs. I will offer the girls an opportunity to share any concerns.
Please contact me if you have any particular questions."

An article published by Splinter News on December 8, 2017, states Conte has been going by the name Gregory Ritter since August of last year. Under that name, he has been the full-time director of operations for the National Policy Institute.

The National Policy Institute is white supremacist Richard Spencer's think tank.

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