Teacher Who Misidentified Covington Student as 'Hitler Youth' Faces Termination
Douglas County Superintendent Thomas Tucker recommends school board fires teacher
A middle school teacher who posted a series of disparaging comments relating to the Covington Catholic school students on social media has been recommended for firing by a Douglas County Superintendent.
Douglas County Superintendent Thomas Tucker recommended the school board terminate teacher Michelle Grissom after she wrongly claimed a Kentucky school student was involved in the Covington Catholic School students' viral video.
Grissom called the teen a “Hitler Youth.”
The teacher made the comments in a Twitter post (now deleted) that went viral, according to NBC affiliate KUSA-TV.
“His name is [omitted]. His twitter account is closed to non-followers so we don’t interfere with his training in the #HitlerYouth,” Grissom tweeted, reported to Complete Colorado.
The teen's father informed Grissom he was not at the rally but was actually at a basketball game in Kentucky.
“[O]n Saturday, Jan. 19 a teacher at ur school, Michelle Grissom posted a picture of my 17 yo son and a defamatory and untrue accusation regarding the incident that occurred in DC over the weekend..calling my son a #hitleryouth when I told her my son was not in DC but playing basketball she demanded proof, proof sent she finally acquiesced and apologized but has refused to take down her post and my sons picture,” Jackson wrote on Jan. 20.
“I hope this is dealt with appropriately and swiftly … my son was harassed and bullied as a result of this teachers rush to judgment..totally abhorrent behavior and inexcusable actions that need to have consequences…SHE IS TEACHING YOUR STUDENTS!!!”
Superintendent Tucker stated that a statement released during a Douglas County School Board meeting emphasized the controversy of the incident.
“I made a recommendation to the Douglas County School District Board of Education that Ms. Grissom be dismissed… That process begins with a recommendation being made to the Board,” he said.
(1/3) @mountainridgems @dcsdk12 @MsGrissom on Saturday Jan 19 a teacher at ur school, Michelle Grissom posted a picture of my 17 yo son and a defamatory and untrue accusation regarding the incident that occurred in DC over the weekend..calling my son a #hitleryouth when I told— John Jackson (@DrJacksonOB) January 20, 2019
Her my son was not in DC but playing basketball she demanded proof, proof sent she finally acquiesced and apologized but has refused to take down her post and my sons picture...I hope this is dealt with appropriately and swiftly ...my son was harassed and bullied as a (2/3)— John Jackson (@DrJacksonOB) January 20, 2019
result of this teachers rush to judgement ..totally abhorrent behavior and inexcusable actions that need to have consequences...SHE IS TEACHING YOUR STUDENTS!!! (3/3) pic.twitter.com/1hjAMBagtr— John Jackson (@DrJacksonOB) January 20, 2019
“I understand that many in the community have strong opinions regarding Ms. Grissom and the circumstances giving rise to my recommendation. The District respects those opinions. However, to ensure that the process complies with Colorado law, while the dismissal process is ongoing, Douglas County School District will not provide further comment.”
According to a school board agenda dated Feb. 5, a “Notice of Recommendation for Teacher Dismissal” was included as an item for the meeting, but no details were given.
Grissom received public backlash for her Jan. 19 posts.
A website explaining the incident was made with its creators calling for her dismissal.
She was placed on paid leave on Jan. 23. The teacher has since apologized for her remarks and has resigned from her role on the teachers’ union board.
Tucker said Grissom is entitled to a hearing, but the Douglas County School District Board of Education would be the final judge in deciding if the middle school teacher retains her job or not.
The family of "MAGA Teen" Nicholas Sandmann is making moves toward suing the liberal media behind the smear campaign against the 16-year-old Covington Catholic School student and his classmates.
Sandmann's family has hired high-powered lawyer L. Lin Wood, who specializes in going after large media organizations for slander and libel.
Wood was famously described by disgraced former journalist Dan Rather as the "attorney for the damned," and is known for "aggressive libel and slander suits against media organizations," according to WCPO.
The announcement was made in a statement from the family, released by the Hemmer DeFrank Wessels law firm, The Enquirer reported.