Kari MacRae TikTok

Bourne School Committee member Kari MacRae

Bourne School Committee member Kari MacRae was terminated from her job as a math and business teacher at Hanover High School over social media posts that have caused controversy in the Bourne Public Schools over the past month.

Ms. MacRae posted a TikTok video in May stating the reason she ran for school committee in Bourne was “to ensure that students, at least in our town, are not being taught critical race theory...and so they’re not being taught that they can choose whether or not they can be a girl or a boy.”

This video, along with other posts on her account, has led the Bourne Educators Association, district administrators and some members of the community to call for her resignation from the school board.

As she was elected to her position in Bourne, Ms. MacRae can only be removed from the school committee by her own resignation or by a recall vote. She has stated that she will not resign from the committee.

However, in Hanover, Ms. MacRae was terminated from her full-time position as a math and business teacher. She said she was put on paid administrative leave on September 23 and received a letter of termination from Hanover High School's principal, Matthew Mattos, on September 29.

“Having considered your input, I have determined that continuing your employment in light of your social media posts would have a significant negative impact on student learning at Hanover High School. Therefore, the district is hereby exercising its option to terminate your employment as a teacher,” she read aloud from the letter in a telephone interview with the Enterprise.

Hanover Public Schools Superintendent Matthew A. Ferron confirmed Ms. MacRae’s termination.

Ms. MacRae started teaching at Hanover High School in September. She has been a teacher for seven years in other districts but took a year off during the 2020-2021 school year to take care of her mother, who was ill, she said.

Massachusetts school districts can dismiss teachers within the first 90 days of their employment with or without cause under the state statute governing teacher dismissals.

Ms. MacRae said she tried to challenge her termination, but there is no process to appeal, as she was in the district for less than 90 days.

She has been communicating with lawyers, she said.

“I don’t think it was a lawful firing, and it is unfortunate because I’m not just going to accept it,” she said. “I tried to grieve it and go through the process, but I am definitely going to get a lawyer and we’ll see where it goes from there.”

The Massachusetts GOP is supporting Ms. MacRae.

Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman James J. Lyons Jr. said her termination is a First Amendment violation in a press release on October 7.

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(4) comments

capemh

She was fired during her probationary period for incendiary posts that were bigoted and incendiary, things she chose to do. It's not for her race or sexual identity or other things people can't change and, it sounds like, she would have them fired if she had the power.

Grubbles

Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Denise. I was a single parent of mixed raced children. I have experienced life through everyday living within the black community.

Hanover should be ashamed! That said, it is well known that leftist, Marxist, liberals have no morals, tolerance or critical thinking abilities. What happened to this teacher is exactly why teachers and school administrators all need to be openly vetted, so that we can keep teachers who defend and protect our children instead of allowing liberals to purge our schools of these valuable human assets.

CRT is the epitome of racist thought. It teaches children not only to hate others but, to hate themselves, particularly, if they are white.

It teaches black kids to hate white kids and justifies this hatred, killing the soul.

This is the venom that the left has been teaching our babies for years. CRT has nothing to do with “tolerance” but instead, has everything to do with intolerance. CRT is a strategic plan to destroy our children. If the liberals cannot destroy a child in the womb they will surely destroy it in the classroom. Ironically, these are two places outside of the home, is where children should be safest. They are not!

Get involved, defend our good teachers, vote out and fire the corrupt liberals ruining our society.

Get rid of Dominion voting machines, get God, fight for your children and your country! If you don’t, you will surely lose everything! Be blessed!

gofast24mc

I would not want any controversial person teaching my children. Seems like she is just one more person that wants to create more stress for the children they pretend to care about. We need less teachers like that.

The whole "critical race theory " is so blown up to what they want it to be. All I hear when people like her spout their anger is that they really are racist. 2021 and were still dealing with such hateful humanity against others for no reason but their insecurities. How about keeping political lies out of our schools!

MoeLarryAndJesus

Good riddance. This isn’t Alabama.

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