Pro-Trump Braintree Teacher Who Resigned After January 6 Protest Photo Surfaced Wins School Committee Seat

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Matthew Lynch was a teacher at Braintree High School for about a decade.

Then January 6 happened.

The supporter of President Donald Trump left his teaching job in February after photos he posted of himself outside of the U.S. Capitol building on January 6 re-emerged on social media a month later. Lynch was present at the Stop The Steal rally outside the Capitol building, supporting President Donald Trump’s claims that Trump won the 2020 presidential election rather than Joe Biden.

Lynch is now an elected member of the Braintree School Committee, after winning a seat in the city election Tuesday, November 2.

Lynch, who ran on the campaign slogan “Make Braintree Wamps Again” — a nod to his support for retaining the high school’s mascot — came in second place, getting 2,319 votes; it was 99 more votes than Kathleen Dryer Tuffy got, who came in third place. In all, seven candidates ran for three seats.

During his campaign, he told that children’s mental health was his biggest concern.

“Kids’ mental health, my plan is to give as much decision-making back to parents as possible while working with psychologists who do not have an agenda,” Lynch said. “The world’s changing, and we need to make sure our kids have the tools necessary to be successful.”

He also expressed concern with the growing number of people leaving the public school system.

“There is a revolution in education going on right now,” Lynch told “More and more kids will be leaving public schools for private, Catholic or homeschooling, which will have a negative effect on Braintree’s schools. I love Braintree Schools and I believe they are worth fighting for, so we have to show parents why Braintree Schools is the place for their children.”

The day Lynch resigned from his teaching job, he told the school’s principal that he planned to run for school committee, according to a report.

“Unfortunately as the times change and situations evolve, I can no longer be true to myself while service the role as a Braintree Public School Teacher,” Lynch wrote in his February resignation letter.

“My military experience as an Intelligence Analyst has given me unique perspective on what is currently going on in both our country and our town and I fear we are heading on a real collision course,” he continued. “I feel I need to make my voice heard in the town of Braintree but in doing so will have unintended side effects which will be completely unfair to my students.”

Lynch could not be immediately reached for comment on Wednesday morning, but said he would like to speak to NewBostonPost in the near future.


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