As a means of coping, McCall-Fasse said she joked with her other teacher friends about the principal, Julie Willoughby.
“There was a meme I sent of Julie Willoughby’s face above a target thingy. It was for my co-worker ... as a joke,” she said.
That meme and a text message that was shared, “Something is about to get “real”! Can I please have my stupid sub folder put into my mailbox? I’m about ready to use my CCW!!,” is what led to her firing.
A former Urbana Board of Education member said he believes it was the wrong decision to fire McCall-Fasse.
“I felt the superintendent was arbitrary and capricious and vindictive in what he was doing,” said Jack Beard.
The district said the teacher violated board policies prohibiting threatening conduct.
Superintendent Charles Thiel said the board and administration are relieved to have the issue resolved.
McCall-Fasse maintains she never meant for the meme to be seen as a threat, that it was something she shared among friends as a joke.
“That’s not by personality to be violent with anyone, ever. People who know me, know that,” she said.
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