A high school teacher who made claims of being a decorated Army veteran with two Purple Hearts was fired after it was discovered that he lied about his military service. Andrew Gaboury, 36, began teaching at the school four years ago and, during the interview process and across the following years, repeatedly said he was a war veteran.
Gaboury was hired to teach history at Coyle and Cassidy High School in Taunton, Massachusetts, according to a report by Fox News.
At one point, the school newspaper even wrote an article about Gaboury discussing how he successfully transitioned “from military to history classroom.”
The principal, Kathleen St. Laurent, was also quoted in the article, saying, “I’m so pleased to have a man like Mr. Gaboury to be on our staff. He had a lot of experiences and was well educated. He even served for our country’s military.”
After the school paper ran the story, Boston 25 reportedly reached out to the US National Archives and Records Administration office in St. Louis. They were subsequently informed that Gaboury had no military record, let along the two Purple Hearts he claimed he received.
As the investigation went forward, Gaboury was said to have come clean to the news station in an email.
“I made up time in the Army. Over the intervening years I added details as people asked. I am deeply sorrowful for this and did not see a way out,” Gaboury wrote.
The teacher stated that he had intended to join the Army after high school, but was ultimately disqualified for medical reasons.
On Thursday, the high school announced that Gaboury was fired and that his termination was “effective immediately.”
“Coyle and Cassidy High School Administration today learned that faculty member Andrew Gaboury misrepresented his service in the United States Military on his application for employment, and as a result his employment was terminated, effective immediately,” said the statement.