Douglas County teacher apologizes for misidentifying student in viral Lincoln Memorial incident

Posted: 4:33 PM, Jan 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-25 18:58:40-05
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DENVER – A Mountain Ridge Middle School teacher is apologizing to the parent of a student she said was training to be part of the “Hitler Youth,” after a viral video initially appeared to show a high school student from Kentucky in a confrontation with a Native American activist at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. last weekend.

Michelle Grissom, who was placed on administrative leave, sent a letter Friday afternoon in which she apologized for tweets posted on January 20 wrongly identifying the student in that video as someone else.

“I feel horrible about not having made a public apology sooner,” said Grissom in a statement obtained by Denver7. “I have not been able to make statements or comment on the matter, but I need for you to know how repentant I am about what happened.

“As an education, I care deeply for children and would never want to cause them harm. I made a mistake and I offer my sincere apology to Jay and to your family.”

As reported by Denver7 on Thursday , Grissom also resigned from her leadership position with the union following backlash from her tweets.