December 03, 2021
A Massachusetts school teacher fired for opposing critical race theory in several TikTok videos has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against her former employers.
Kari MacRae filed the lawsuit against Hanover Public Schools superintendent Matthew Ferron and Hanover High School principal Matthew Mattos for firing her over a pair of TikTok videos she made opposing critical race theory as part of a campaign to be on the Bourne School Committee.
MacRae is represented by the nonprofit legal organization Judicial Watch in her lawsuit against her former employer. She had worked for a month as a math and business teacher at Hanover High School prior to her firing.
The filing says MacRae was hired on Aug. 31 and fired on Sept. 29. But the TikTok videos Hanover High School cited as the impetus for her firing were posted months before she was hired as part of her committee campaign.
“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 in the video, according to the Boston Globe. “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.”
Mattos told the teacher that “continuing your employment in light of your social media posts would have a significant impact on student learning at HHS.”
The lawsuit seeks unspecified punitive damages, claiming Mattos and Ferron deprived MacRae of “her rights under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution” by firing her.