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Minnesota Guard enlistee discharged

By Candice Dehnbostel

A high school senior who signed up for the Minnesota Army National Guard was discharged after challenging military recruiters on his front lawn, reported the Pioneer Press.

Leo Valle enlisted when he was a 17-year-old junior at Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights, according to the Star Tribune.

Valle’s parents, who are legal immigrants from El Salvador, said they could not read the forms they were signing for his enlistment, reported The Associated Press.

Lt. Kevin Olson, the state National Guard spokesman, said last year that Guard members told Valle if he didn't go to basic training, he would be violating his contractual duty, reported the Star Tribune. Valle was never threatened with civil police action or jail, Olson said.