A public school teacher in Colorado Springs has been put on leave after she hurled a libelous tirade aimed at one of the Covington Catholic High School students who has been maligned in the national press.
In an attempted "doxing," Michelle Grissom, a social studies teacher at Mountain Ridge Middle School, tweeted identifying information about the student. If that's not bad enough, says cultural commentator Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute, the teacher's information was about the wrong student.
"[In] the tweet that she sent misidentifying ... this other boy, she said His Twitter account is closed to non followers [sic] so we won't interfere with his training #HitlerYouth," says Higgins.
While Grissom was reluctant at first to admit her mistake when contacted (via Twitter) by the father of the misidentified student, she eventually did so and apologized, tweeting:
"I officially retract using [name of misidentified student] from Covington Catholic High School's name as the racist and disrespectful student who mocked Native American, Nathan Phillips. I apologize to [the student] and his family."
Higgins describes the apology as filled with arrogance and hate and containing no remorse.
"For a teacher to intentionally do something that could bring harm to a student is really shocking," she tells OneNewsNow. "And she's on paid leave, which is more outrageous to me than just being put on leave. I think she deserves to be fired."
Grissom issued a more sincere apology to the family of the misidentified student later on, which Higgins says just may be an attempt to save her job.
The incident involving the Covington students and Nathan Phillips occurred on Friday, January 18, at the annual March for Life.