A middle school teacher in Texas who was seen on hidden camera video footage wishing death upon conservative Christians is looking for a new job after she became the subject of national outrage.
According to The Blaze, a teacher at Colleyville Middle School in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex area — identified as Lisa Grimes — had been caught on video blaming conservative Christians for the COVID-19 pandemic and saying they should “get COVID and die.”
Reports said she was unhappy conservatives had been opposed to COVID restrictions like mask mandates and vaccination.
The footage had initially been published on YouTube by conservative radio host Dana Loesch, who said it was provided by a family in the school district.
“We have a political system that will not allow us to [inaudible] so we’re vaccinating like the flu, which is, you know, get the flu vaccine if you want but you can’t — don’t ‘tread on me,'” Grimes can be heard saying in the footage.
“But it’s too late. It would have had to have been immediate. If we would have done it immediately, it’d already be gone.”
“That’s what’s frustrating. The rest of my life is impacted because of politics?” Grimes continued.
“Because of conservative Christian crap? [crosstalk] I’m telling you, those conservative Christians … they need to die … they need to get covid and die.”
Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District said in a letter to parents on Wednesday that they’d learned of the video and that “[t]he sentiments expressed in the video do not reflect the views of GCISD or Colleyville Middle School.” They also announced Grimes had been placed on administrative leave.
On Thursday, GCISD school board president Jorge Rodriguez issued a more strongly worded statement publicly, saying: “The GCISD School Board strongly rejects the expressions made by one of our employees in a video widely circulated online.
“The Board supports the decision to place the employee on administrative leave until the School District completes its investigation. GCISD continues to be committed to provide a safe and caring learning environment for all our students,” he added.
In a separate statement Thursday, the district announced Grimes “will not be returning to the classroom,” having resigned.
“It is inexcusable to wish harm on those with whom we disagree,” the statement said.
Grimes is the second figure to resign from the school district after generating national headlines for expressing hard-left sentiments, however.
Last November, Colleyville Heritage High School principal James Whitfield resigned after facing accusations he was teaching and implementing tenets of critical race theory. However, he remains on paid administrative leave until 2023.
It’s unlikely, given she wished death upon conservative Christians, that Grimes’ resignation package was anywhere near that sweet.