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Judicial Watch Suing on Behalf of Teacher Claiming She Was Fired for Social Media Posts About Critical Race Theory

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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Comments

She spoke facts to truth. Deplorable.

All that needs to be known about Critical Racists’ Theory (CRT) is to be wary of exercising liberal license to indulge diversity [dogma] (i.e. color judgment), inequity, and exclusion (DIE) under the Pro-Choice religion.

That said, diversity of individuals, minority of one. #HateLovesAbortion

I am still bemused by this principal deciding the proper course of action is to fire a teacher who, when wearing another hat, is his boss… and furthermore, waw elected by the people specifically to do what h fired her for. Leftists usually understand the patronage game better than that.

    amatuerwrangler in reply to henrybowman. | December 2, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    I seem to recall from other posts on this subject that the school where she taught is not in the district where she is a board member, the latter being where she lives.

      sestamibi in reply to amatuerwrangler. | December 3, 2021 at 6:31 am

      OK, then. That should have been pointed out in the article. While I agree with her stance and admire her courage, it would definitely be a conflict of interest for her to be teaching in the same district on which she’s sitting on the school board.

      However, I’ve noticed such a pattern of leftist school teachers sitting on school boards other than the ones that employ them.

        I was employed as a Business Teacher in Hanover MA and elected School Committee Member in my home town of Bourne MA. The campaign video in question had been posted 4 months before I was employed by Hanover

Does Judicial Watch have a good record in their lawsuits? Seems like I’ve heard good things.

    TargaGTS in reply to r2468. | December 3, 2021 at 7:57 am

    In terms of extracting transparency from government entities, Judicial Watch is superb. They’re more effective than Congressional Republicans have proven to be. Most of the damning information obtained about Hillary Clinton during her tenure at State was uncovered by Judicial Watch, not GOP House or Senate investigations.

    I’m not sure what their history has been like in these kinds of cases.

suggested the battle … was going to be fought and won in courts.
Nope. Because enough of the courts are corrupted by Progressivism to prevent a full win there. It will have to be enough of the people throwing off their Progressive religion to actually throw these people out on the streets. They will have to at least metaphorically be defenestrated.

And that includes the legal system.

Steven Brizel | December 3, 2021 at 8:41 am

It is great to see that she is represented by Judicial Watch which is a wonderful group of lawyers fighting against the woke agenda and the excesses of the deep state