Superintendent recommends DougCo teacher's termination after Covington Catholic comments

Posted at 7:30 PM, Feb 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-06 00:32:48-05

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — The embattled Douglas County teacher whose social media posts have sparked controversy regarding the Covington Catholic incident is facing termination.

The superintendent for the Douglas County School District has recommended that Mountain Ridge Middle School teacher Michelle Grissom be dismissed.

Superintendent Thomas Tucker made the recommendation during a meeting of the Douglas County School Board on Tuesday.

In a statement to the media, Tucker said under Colorado law, Grissom is entitled to a hearing and the school board will be the final judge as to whether she is retained or dismissed.

Grissom, who has been on administrative leave since the Jan. 20 post, is accused of sending a tweet to a Kentucky student that said he was training to be part of the "Hilter Youth," referring to an incident in Washington, D.C. involving a Covington Catholic High School student and a Native American activist.

A parent with kids at Douglas County schools says her tweet was cyberbullying and on top of that, it was directed at the wrong student.

Grissom later apologized for wrongly identifying the student.

Grissom also resigned from her leadership position with the union following backlash from her tweets.