Shakopee School Board Chair Reported Single Mother to Employer for Criticizing the School Board

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Shakopee School Board Chair Kristi Peterson reported Tara, who is a single mother, to her employer for criticizing the actions of Shakopee’s school board members.

The mother criticized the way two Shakopee School Board members handled the testimony of the parent of a special needs child and her struggles with masking.

State Representative Erik Mortensen (R-Shakopee) shared Tara’s story on Facebook. Mortensen hid the mother’s full name for her privacy, but he shared the comment that got her into trouble. According to Mortensen, Tara is now on unpaid suspension and is anticipating that she will be fired.

 

The Facebook comment from Tara reads, “I personally was really disappointed in board member Kristi Peterson tonight. She was turning around to watch the time clock while Amanda was speaking about her daughter’s struggle with her disability and masking. She did it multiple times! So rude. I know that most people don’t have ill will towards these children … but that lady showed she has NO HEART! Who does that???”

According to Mortensen, “In retaliation of this pictured post they called the employer of the poster and strong-armed the employer to PUNISH the single mom of 2 for her criticism of Board Chair Kristi Peterson.”

Mortensen called the school board’s actions against Tara “an abuse of power” and “straight up bullying.”

Mortensen said, “The people of Shakopee deserve better leadership and they should never feel like they can’t use their constitutionally protected First Amendment rights without facing threats from the politicians that are supposed to serve them.”

Mortensen called for Peterson and Superintendent Mike Redmond to resign, saying that they are “unfit to lead.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up by Mortensen to support Tara while she is on her two-week unpaid suspension.

The GoFundMe page reads, “She exercised her first amendment protected right to political speech on Facebook on Monday night and on Tuesday Superintendent Mike Redmond notified Tara’s employer and strong-armed her employer to punish Tara for simply voicing her opinion of an elected official.”

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Hayley Tschetter is a reporter with The Minnesota Sun and The Wisconsin Daily Star | Star News Network. Follow Hayley on Twitter or like her Facebook page. Send news tips to [email protected].
Photo “Kristi Peterson” by Kristi Peterson. 

 

 

 

 

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28 Thoughts to “Shakopee School Board Chair Reported Single Mother to Employer for Criticizing the School Board”

  1. Brenda Bullard

    Her employer put her on a 2 week suspension. She’s a SINGLE Mother! You people interfere with her job you are doing the same thing the school board did. She’s full grown she will handle it.

  2. B

    Tortious interference applies even in Employment at will states

  3. Jimbo Madison

    Who the hell is the employer??!! On what basis did they suspend this person? Does she have a case to sue them for collusion with these TYRANTS?

    These people need to have their phones ringing nonstop to the point where they have to change their numbers. And again.

    Pitchforks. Tar. Feathers.

  4. Jim Lee

    That strongarming stuff cuts both ways. Who is the employer please?

  5. Pettifogger

    The employer should have told the official to take a long walk on a short pier.

  6. 370H55V

    Why was the employer so spineless as to cave to members of a SCHOOL BOARD???! What power could they possibly have exerted over the employer–unless he/she was a vendor to the school district?

    1. Brenda Bullard

      Maybe they knew the employer was a Left wing liberal and they could get what they wanted! These people seem to think not allowing others their freedom of speech is a good thing! Guess they’ve never encountered anyone taking their’s away!

  7. Earl Williams

    Hopefully good Law FIRM sees this and offers to represent this single mother and sue both School Board members and her employer.

  8. Don Giannatti

    Yes please let us know who the employer is. They are worse than the totalitarian school board stormtroopers.

  9. Kevin in WI

    Who is the spineless employer?

  10. Hooptie

    Fascists are going to fascist. These school boards are utterly corrupt and evil!

  11. David Jay

    Who is the employer? Name them and shame them. Contact the employer’s customers, ask them to call the CEO.

  12. larryw

    Who is the employer?

  13. Robert Orians

    It would be helpful to know who the employer is so folks can apply pressure on them to repent from their evil ways .

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  15. SteveP

    who is the coward that Tara works for that would submit to strongarming by school board members?

  16. Renee R.

    Sue the board member for harassment. It’s a slam-dunk case.

  17. lb

    Who is her Employer? That is a critical part of this story that is missing

  18. EndOfPatience

    And what’s the name of this employer that everyone should move their business away from?

  19. DBF

    Five words: Tortious interference in a contract. Much easier to prove than defamation.

    1. SDN

      Three words: Employment at will.

      1. Fred Z

        Not likely.

        In most jurisdictions employment contracts that are truly “terminable at will” are required to be in writing with that term very clearly stated.

        Likewise in most jurisdictions an employment contract without a termination clause has a term implied by law for “reasonable notice”, which is usually dependent on the employee’s seniority, education, skills and length of service. Probably not much for a young single mom, which is a shame.

  20. Jack Clancy

    Fine, but the employer needs to hear about this too.
    Two weeks unpaid suspension because a 3rd party loon reported it? Get the employer’s name out here and boycott them or pocket in front of their location.

  21. HARRIS M ABRAMS

    What is the name of Tara’s employer?

  22. jm

    if this is true name the employer, they need to be shamed.

  23. Matt Haze Doran

    Why aren’t you naming the employer?

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