A Colorado history teacher from Douglas County School District was put on leave this week after making some rather inflammatory comments about the whole controversy concerning Covington High School students and the confrontation they had with a Native American activist on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Images of Twitter posts from a now-deleted account, attributed to Mountain Ridge Middle School teacher Michelle Grissom, incorrectly identify the student in the now-infamous standoff last Friday, and call that misidentified student a member of the ‘Hitler Youth.’
The actual Covington Catholic High School student involved in the faceoff, Nick Sandmann, has since been identified and granted an interview to NBC News.
The student identified in the posts attributed to Grissom was not in Washington at the time, according to his family.
DougCo Schools spokeswoman Paula Hans would not comment on the situation but released a statement provided to Mountain Ridge families.
“Michelle Grissom is currently on leave,” principal Shannon Clarke told parents in a Wednesday e-mail. “Please understand that I am unable to share specific details, as this is a personnel matter.”
“I have been made aware of comments on social media that involve a member of the MRMS community,” Clarke told parents Monday. “We are addressing this situation, as appropriate.”
Multiple attempts to reach Grissom by phone and email Tuesday and Wednesday were unsuccessful.
Lots of folks are demanding that Grissom be completely booted for her actions, and you know, that sounds about right.
Doxxing someone can have serious consequences for the safety of an individual and isn’t something that should be practiced by anyone regardless of their political affiliations.
Having heated discussions, debates, and passionate opinions is one thing. Allowing those things to drive to doing something dangerous, illegal, or threatening to someone else is simply going too far and is counterproductive.
If you really have something to say, do your research, craft a well written paper, article, or blog post with a thesis supported by evidence. This will go a long way toward winning hearts and minds to your position.
Source: 9 News