Judicial Watch files suit on behalf of teacher fired over controversial TikTok videos

Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a teacher who was fired from her job after her school district discovered social media posts she shared denouncing critical race theory, among other things.

According to Fox News, Kari MacRae lost her job as a math and business teacher over videos and memes she shared on TikTok that were posted before she was hired in August. At the time the videos were posted, MacRae was running for a school board position.

“The reason I ran”

MacRae ended up winning an election in May to serve on the Bourne School Committee. The day before, she shared her reasons for running in a TikTok 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,” MacRae said, according to Fox. “That they’re not being taught that the country was built on racism. So they’re not being taught that they can choose whether or not they want to be a girl or a boy.”

She went on:

It’s one thing to include and it’s one thing to be inclusive. And it’s one thing to educate everybody about everything. It’s completely another thing to push your agenda. And, with me on the school board, that won’t happen in our town.

When the videos resurfaced months later, an investigation was launched, which ended in MacRae’s firing. She was let go on Sept. 29, according to Fox.

There have also been calls for her to be removed from her school board position.

The latest on the lawsuit

Now, Judicial Watch is suing Hanover High School Principal Matthew Mattos and Hanover Public Schools Superintendent Matthew A. Ferron on MacRae’s behalf. The group filed a federal civil rights lawsuit last Monday in the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts.

Judicial Watch is arguing that the teacher’s comments were made in a personal capacity, and that firing her for them violates her right to free speech.

“I have determined that continuing your employment in light of your social media posts would have a significant impact on student learning at HHS,” Mattos is said to have written in his letter terminating MacRae’s employment.

In response, Hanover Public Schools, says Massachusetts state law allows school districts to fire a teacher within the first 90 days of employment with or without cause. According to Fox, Ferron said in a recent statement:

If a teacher publicly interfaces with the community in a way that may negatively impact our ability to provide a positive and distraction free learning environment for our students and staff, it is important that school districts have the ability to exercise their 90-day dismissal option under Massachusetts law.

Only time will tell how the case is decided. Either way, we likely haven’t seen the last of MacRae. Reports indicate she is planning to mount a bid for the Massachusetts state Senate as a Republican.

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