Colorado Teacher Bullies Covington Student
Colorado Teacher Bullies Covington Student
Written By Laurie Higgins   |   01.25.19

Michelle Grissom, a social studies teacher at Mountain Ridge Middle School in Douglas County, Colorado, has been put on leave following her horrendous tweets about a Covington Catholic High School student. In her vindictive and indefensible quest to harm a student by “doxing” him, she mistakenly doxed the wrong student. “Doxing” refers to “searching for and publishing private or identifying information about (a particular individual) on the Internet, typically with malicious intent.”

She attempted to publicly smear Nick Sandmann, the teenage boy whom Native American drummer Nathan Phillips tried to intimidate, but she instead identified Covington student Jay Jacksonwho wasn’t on the trip to Washington D.C. She tweeted these words:

“His name is Jay Jackson. His twitter account is closed to non followers so we won’t interfere with his training #HitlerYouth.”

Bullying and death threats ensued. Jay Jackson’s father, Dr. John Jackson, then sent this tweet to Grissom:

I assure you this is not Jay Jackson…he played in a varsity basketball game last night in Park Hills, Kentucky and another game today in Middletown, Ohio the person has been identified please remove this post and apologize for accusing someone without evidence

With galling arrogance and lack of empathy for what she had done to Jay Jackson, she responded to his father:

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

A rational and fair person doesn’t accuse first and then demand proof of her error before retracting her accusation. A rational and fair person does not make accusations without proof.

Dr. Jackson sent proof. Finally convinced of her egregious and dangerous error and with a insufferable hostility and a stunning absence of humility, she tweeted,

I officially retract using Jay Jackson from Covington Catholic High School’s name as the racist and disrespectful student who mocked Native American, Nathan Phillips. I apologize to Jay Jackson and his family.

No evident remorse for the harm she did and the danger she put this boy and his family in. No tweets about the inappropriate, disrespectful, confrontational actions and subsequent deceit of Phillips—aka Nathan Stanard. No tweets about the “Black Hebrew Israelite” hate group hurling all manner of anti-homosexual, anti-Native American, and anti-white epithets.

Her tweets reveal not only her arrogance, hatred, ideological bias, lack of compassion, and poor judgment but also her unfitness for teaching in a public school. Her tweets violated school policy on the use of social media by district employees which states the following:

Whenever you use social media, use good judgment…. Avoid using statements, photographs, video or audio that reasonably could be viewed as malicious [or] unprofessional.

While not all government teachers would engage in behavior so reckless and destructive, you better believe countless “change-agents” feel this way about conservatives and seek to socially construct such views in other people’s children using public funds.  Their goal is to transform other people’s children into ideological clones of themselves—on the public dime, of course.

Grissom has been put on leave. Let’s hope the district administration and school board have the good sense to fire her.

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Laurie Higgins
Laurie Higgins was the Illinois Family Institute’s Cultural Affairs Writer in the fall of 2008. Prior to working for the IFI, Laurie worked full-time for eight years in Deerfield High School’s writing center in Deerfield, Illinois. Her cultural commentaries have been carried on a number of pro-family websites nationally and internationally, and Laurie has appeared on numerous radio programs across the country. In addition, Laurie has spoken at the Council for National Policy and educational conferences sponsored by the Constitutional Coalition. She has been married to her husband for forty-four years, and they have four grown children and ten grandchildren....
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