Douglas County teacher on leave after viral comments on social media about 'Hitler Youth'

Posted at 8:52 PM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-25 11:19:34-05

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. -- A speaker was escorted out of a Douglas County School Board Meeting after his remarks about a teacher's viral post on social media.

The district confirms Mountain Ridge Middle School teacher, Michelle Grissom, has been placed on paid leave. She also resigned from her leadership position with the union.

She is accused of sending a tweet to a Kentucky student that said he was training to be part of the "Hilter Youth." Grissom was referring to an incident in Washington, D.C. involving a 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.

"(She) went out of her way to go after a child. That to me is full fledged bullying, that's all that she did. She bullied that child try to get her point of view across, that he was a Nazi in training," said Brad Wann, a parent who said he was not allowed to speak about the issue at the school board meeting.

The board met Thursday night for a regularly scheduled meeting but would only take public comment about issues that were on the agenda.

One speaker went to the podium and began to discuss the district's social media policy. He said, "Here we are a community incensed by a teacher’s social media posts, nobody wants to be here discussing this but no matter how uncomfortable, we must confront this."

As soon as he mentioned the teacher's name, board members and the president interrupted him stating it was a personnel issue. The man was escorted out of the room by several officers.

A spokesperson for the district said she could not answer any questions about the meeting.