Nashua School Board Head Calls on Board Member to Resign Over Social Media Clash

May 10, 2019

 

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A series of Facebook posts by Nashua school board member Doris Hohensee has district officials calling for her to resign.

The controversy began when a Nashua High School North senior started a petition to ask the school board to reverse its decision allowing ROTC marksmanship classes on campus.

Board member Doris Hohensee then posted about the student's petition on the Facebook page of conservative blog Granite Grok, urging readers to visit the student's page and encouraging a "backlash from reasonable parents and students."

Nashua board chair Heather Raymond says this was against the board's policy to protect student privacy and calls it part of a larger pattern of inappropriate social media posts by Hohensee, including quoting white supremacist Lothrop Stoddard.

“As president I decided I should call for her resignation,” she says. “I spoke with the majority of the board and they support the decision I made and feel like this incident crosses a line.”

Hohensee says the resignation should be discussed by the board in full during a public meeting. She says Raymond and other high-ranking district officials are targeting her because she asks uncomfortable questions.

“They're reaching to do a hit job," she says.

Hohensee says the students' post was public and had been shared by Democratic activists already, making it fair game for further discussion online. She says she doesn’t plan to resign.