- The Washington Times - Friday, January 25, 2019

A Colorado middle school teacher was placed on paid leave and resigned from her leadership position with a local teachers’ union after she incorrectly identified one of the Covington Catholic students and labeled him “Hitler Youth.”

Michelle Grissom, a seventh-grade social studies teacher at Mountain Ridge Middle School in Highlands Ranch, tweeted Sunday: “His name is [redacted]. His Twitter account is closed to nonfollowers so we won’t interfere with his training in the #HitlerYouth,” according to screenshots obtained by a local NBC affiliate.

Ms. Grissom was actually talking about Nick Sandmann, the Kentucky student from Covington Catholic High School who was at the center of the now-infamous standoff with Native American elder Nathan Phillips at the March for Life in Washington over the weekend.

The student Ms. Grissom identified was not involved in the controversy and was traveling to a basketball game at the time of the rally, the boy’s father responded to Ms. Grissom, demanding that she remove the post.

“Listen, I’m happy to retract his name if it’s not him,” Ms. Grissom tweeted. “Though, according to his school’s schedule, he didn’t play a game today unless he’s playing for another team. His name is all over twitter so you’ll want to convince more than just me.”



Ms. Grissom eventually apologized for misidentifying a “racist and disrespectful student.” The student’s father went on to call Ms. Grissom’s behavior “totally abhorrent” and her actions “inexcusable,” the Highlands Ranch Herald reported.

Mr. Grissom’s Twitter account has since been deleted.

Shannon Clarke, principal at Mountain Ridge, sent an email to parents on Wednesday, announcing that “Michelle Grissom is currently on leave.”

“Please understand that I am unable to share specific details, as this is a personnel matter,” the email stated, adding that a substitute teacher would be filling in for the time being.

Ms. Grissom, who also served on the executive board for the Douglas County Federation teachers’ union, submitted her resignation Wednesday, the union’s president confirmed.

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