- Nori McCall-Fasse was fired from her job as a first-grade teacher at Urbana North Elementary School in Urbana, Ohio, after sending texts that officials say violated school board policies in September 2017.
- She had sent a coworker a text threatening to use her concealed carry weapon licence followed by an image of her principal’s face on a shooting range target.
- McCall-Fasse said the image was a joke, and that she had been bullied by the principal before her termination.
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An elementary school teacher in Ohio was fired after sharing an image of her principal’s face on a shooting range target, and now she claims she was a victim of bullying.
Nori McCall-Fasse, a veteran educator of 19 years, was teaching first grade at Urbana North Elementary School in Urbana, Ohio, in September 2017 when she sent a coworker a text threatening to use her concealed carry weapon licence, and followed it with an image of her principal’s face on a target, according to the Springfield News-Sun.
“Something is about to get ‘real’! Can I please have my stupid sub folder put into my mailbox?” the text read, referencing school-related files. “JW [Principal Julie Willoughby] is freakin’ crazy!”
McCall-Fasse was placed on leave after the incident and later terminated for violating board policies.
She spoke to WHIO about her termination on Wednesday, and claimed she was bullied by the principal.
“I had been dealing with this bully principal that had been targeting me for over four years. It was one thing after another,” she said. “There was a meme I sent of Julie Willoughby’s face above a target thingy. It was for my co-worker … as a joke.”
An Ohio Department of Education referee who investigated the case questioned McCall-Fasse’s firing.
“Accordingly, the referee finds that the Urbana City School District Board of Education has failed to provide reliable, probative and substantial evidence that there existed good and just cause for Ms. McCall-Fasse’s termination, and recommends that they proceed to reinstate Ms. McCall-Fasse and consider other disciplinary options,” the referee’s report, seen by the News-Sun, said.
But the district did not follow the Board of Education’s suggested and elected to terminate McCall-Fasse anyway.
In a comment to INSIDER, Urbana City Schools Superintendent Charles Thiel said that “the Board and administration of the school are happy this situation has been resolved.”
McCall-Fasse said she’s not sure she ever wants to return to a classroom.
“It hasn’t ruined my career, but it’s hard for me to get over wanting to go back to another school district because of the trauma I went through. It would be hard to believe anything will ever be different because it is so fresh in my mind,” she told the News-Sun.
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