Bourne college board member fired from educating job after controversial TikTok posts
“I was specifically fired for a social media post that I made. It’s a violation of freedom of expression.”
Member of the Bourne School Committee, Kari MacRae. Screenshot
The member of the Bourne School Committee, who was urged to resign because of her gender identity statements, has been fired from her new apprenticeship at Hannover High School.
Kari MacRae was elected to the school committee in an unchallenged race in May, but in September the Bourne Educators Association called for her to resign, saying her views were inconsistent with the district’s values and could harm students. At a crowded school board meeting on September 22nd, MacRae said she would not resign and was the target of “reckless and false accusations and innuendos”.
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On Tuesday, MacRae told the Cape Cod Times that she is now appealing after quitting her new job as a business teacher at Hannover High School on September 29th.
“I was fired specifically for a social media post that I made,” she said. “This is a violation of freedom of expression.”
In a letter read with a Times reporter, Hanoverian High Principal Matthew Mattos told her, “Continuing your employment in light of your social media posts would have a material adverse effect on student learning at HHS.” According to the district, it is exercising its right to terminate MacRae’s employment within the first 90 days.
In general, Hanover School principal Matthew Ferron told The Times that the Times school districts can fire an employee within the first 90 days of employment with or without a reason, and that the district retains the employees’ First Amendment rights respected.
“Still, it’s important that school districts have the ability to exercise their 90-day notice option under Massachusetts law,” he said.
In the TikTok video that started it all, MacRae says she ran for office to make sure students weren’t taught critical racial theory or allowed them to choose their gender.
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“It’s one thing to be included and it’s one thing to be inclusive. And it’s one thing to educate everyone about everything, ”she says. “Moving your agenda forward is a whole different matter. With me on the school board, that won’t happen in our city. “
Although their TikTok was temporarily out of service in September – TikTok has not confirmed whether it was removed or made private – it is now available again. Other videos and screenshots shared with Boston.com in September share similar views: In another video, MacRae says she won’t use her / her pronouns to refer to someone, just their name because of them not being a liar and saying to someone is plural when they are not.
In September, Bourne High School union president and teacher AnnMarie Strode told Boston.com that the union had unanimously voted to call for MacRae’s resignation, based largely on her comments on LGBTQ + students.
“First and foremost, it is about our students, and we have a number of students who are in the LGBTQ + community,” said Strode. “As educators, it is important that we stand up for our students. They are in a vulnerable position at this age as they try to figure out who they are, where they are going, and what they are doing. The memes posted were really anti-transgender – there was a pattern for that – and as a union we had to stand up for our students. “
On her website, MacRae describes herself as “the latest victim in a campaign to destroy free speech in America” and an “American patriot who values your and her own freedom of expression.”
“Those who silence Kari MacRae, dismiss her for political views, or shout hatred are not protectors of our constitution,” she wrote. “They are not the protectors of your freedom of expression and will eventually lose your own. That mustn’t stop. “
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