Judicial Watch Suing on Behalf of Teacher Claiming She Was Fired for Social Media Posts About Critical Race Theory
“Kari MacRae was viciously targeted and unlawfully fired as a teacher because she exercised her First Amendment rights to criticize critical race theory”
A high school teacher in Hanover, Massachusetts named Kari MacRae ran for school board and won. She made a video on the social media site ‘TikTok’ explaining that she ran for school board to prevent Critical Race Theory from being taught and was subsequently fired.
Now Judicial Watch is suing on her behalf.
Here’s some background from an October report in the Cape Cod Times:
Bourne school board member says she was fired from teaching job over social media posts
Bourne School Committee member Kari MacRae says she was fired from her new teaching position at Hanover High School over her social media posts.
She remains on the committee despite calls for her resignation. She has said she won’t resign.
MacRae said in an interview Tuesday she is seeking legal recourse after her position as a business teacher at Hanover High was terminated Sept. 29.
“I got fired specifically for a social media post I made,” she said. “That’s a violation of free speech.”
MacRae said Hanover High School Principal Matthew Mattos told her in a letter, which she read to a Times reporter, “that continuing your employment in light of your social media posts would have a significant negative impact on student learning at HHS.”
“Therefore, the district is hereby exercising its option to terminate your employment as a teacher within the first 90 days, such termination to be effective today,” she said the letter said.
Here’s what she said in her video:
“So pretty much the reason I ran for school board and the reason I’m taking on this responsibility is to ensure that students, at least in our town, are not being taught critical race theory. That they’re not being taught that the country was built on racism,” MacRae said in the TikTok video viewed by the Times.
“So,” she added, “they’re not being taught that they can choose whether or not they want to be a girl or a boy.”
MacRae said it’s one thing to be inclusive, “it’s completely another thing to push your agenda.”
This week, Judicial Watch announced their lawsuit in a press release:
Judicial Watch Files Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit for Mass. High School Teacher Fired for Social Media Posts Objecting to Critical Race Theory in Schools
Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of Kari MacRae, a Massachusetts high school teacher who was fired in retaliation for posts on social media objecting to the inclusion of critical race theory in schools (MacRae vs. Matthew Mattos and Matthew A. Ferron (No. 1:21-cv-11917).
The lawsuit, which was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, asks for damages against Hanover School Superintendent Matthew Ferron and Hanover High School Principal Matthew Mattos for retaliating against MacRae, a math/business teacher at Hanover High School, for exercising her First Amendment rights.
The lawsuit details that MacRae, who was hired as a Hanover High School teacher on August 31, 2021, was fired over several TikTok video posts that were made months prior to her hiring at the school. MacRae, who in May of 2021 was elected to the Bourne School Committee, said she made the posts in her personal capacity as a citizen and candidate for public office…
“Kari MacRae was viciously targeted and unlawfully fired as a teacher because she exercised her First Amendment rights to criticize critical race theory,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “This civil rights lawsuit aims to hold accountable school district officials who are so desperate to push critical race theory that they will trample the civil rights of our client, Ms. MacRae.
Months ago, Megyn Kelly advised parents to lawyer up and suggested the battle over CRT and left-wing ideology in schools was going to be fought and won in courts. So far, it looks like she was right.
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