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Teacher Suspended After Calling Out Wrong Covington Catholic Student

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A Colorado school district placed a seventh-grade teacher on leave following her alleged claim on Twitter that a random student was part of the “Hitler Youth,” mistaking him for one of the Covington Catholic High School boys caught in the encounter with Native American activist Nathan Phillips.

Michelle Grissom, a social studies teacher at Mountain Ridge Middle School in Colorado Springs, allegedly named and posted a picture of Covington Catholic student Jay Jackson as one of the boys wearing “Make America Great Again” hats in Washington.

Jackson was not in Washington with his schoolmates at the time of the now-infamous incident.

The group of boys were caught in a viral video that made it seem like they were mocking Phillips, and Phillips himself told ABC News that he felt threatened. But complete footage shows Phillips had initiated the encounter Friday.

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Many have tried to dox the boys following the media outrage.

John Jackson, the dad, asked Grissom multiple times to take down tweets that included a picture of his son and identifying the boy as part of the “Hitler Youth.”

Grissom took down the post Sunday, but only after the father sent the tweet to the school district.

“Michelle Grissom is currently on leave,” MRMS Principal Shannon Clarke said in an email to parents Wednesday, 9News reported.

If you were this father, would you want this teacher fired?

“Please understand that I am unable to share specific details, as this is a personnel matter.”

John Jackson said in a series of tweets his son was not at the U.S. capital due to basketball games on Friday and Saturday.

The dad added his son faced harassment and bullying because of the accusations.

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Grissom is an executive board member of the Douglas County Federation, the district teachers union, according to 9News.

The Jackson family was offered legal services from Attorney Nicolle Martin, who represented Masterpiece Cake baker Jack Phillips.

The baker’s case went to the Supreme Court in 2018 after refusing to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, 9News reported.

Douglas County Schools and John Jackson did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

Grissom could not be reached.

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