Skip to comments.Arlington Private School Administrator Suspended Indefinitely Over Tweet (to Michael Avenatti)
Posted on 09/25/2018 7:34:45 AM PDT by Drew68
ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) The Head of Upper School at Arlingtons Oakridge School is the latest to be snared in a social media firestorm after sending a profanity-laced message to Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti.
Leaders at Arlingtons Oakridge School announced Monday afternoon, administrator Butch Groves was suspended indefinitely over the Twitter direct message.
The message has been shared tens of thousands of times.
In a statement to parents and the public via Twitter, the Head of School, Jon Kellam said, Butch Groves, Head of Upper School, sent an inappropriate private message to attorney Michael Avenatti from his personal social media account. I have been in contact with Mr. Groves who has admitted to the communication; he deeply regrets his comments and the negative attention brought to the school. The statement goes on to say, That said, The Oakridge School has clear policies in place regarding online and face-to-face communications. Oakridge employees are expected to maintain the respect, dignity and professionalism that is consistent with our mission. Mr. Groves conduct was unacceptable and inconsistent with these policies and standards. I have therefore suspended Mr. Groves indefinitely as we conclude our investigation.
Something happens between keyboard and brain, says Eddie Reeves, owner of Reeves Strategy Group in Dallas, a social media and marketing company. People take leave of their senses.
And its keeping Reeves in business. He helps companies craft policies to hopefully avoid public relations nightmares like the Twitter storm that descended on Oakridge overnight. Head of Upper School Butch Groves, who has been with the school since 2007 according to the school website, fired off the angry message to Avenatti after he announced that he was representing another woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of misconduct.
CBSDFW.com cant print Groves message due to the vulgarity, but Avenatti shared it with his followers, writing Meet @butchgroves, the Head of Upper School at The Oakridge School in Arlington, TX. I have never met him before or communicated with him but here is his message to me earlier tonight. The parents of Oakridge must be so proud to have this man teaching their sons and daughters.
Reeves says he continues to be amazed that people who should know better vent anger online, in ways they later regret.
One-hundred twenty-five years ago, the social media of that day was letters to the editor, says Reeves. And Mark Twain wrote that youre never going to win an argument with someone who buys ink by the barrel and youre never going to win an argument with someone who has 3/4s of a million Twitter followers! Once you send him a message, whether its a so called direct message or public message, he then owns that message and controls that message, which means he also controls you and your imageand whoever youre associated with, including your employers.
In his letter to parents and the community earlier in the day, Head of School Jon Kellam wrote, The school has received negative attention on social media due to an employees personal comment during non-work hours. Our team is looking into it, and I will communicate with you again when I have more information.
By then the Twitterverse was on firewith one poster writing, The 1st amendment allows us to say whatever we wish but it does not protect us from the consequences of what we say.
I dont know Mr. Groves, I dont know this school, but thats just the point: I dont know him. What I know about him and by extension what I know about his institution, it surrounds this tweet. Again, it may not be right. But, it is reality, said Reeves.
CBS 11 reached out to Mr. Groves and Oakridge School leadership today requesting comment, but received no response. As of late afternoon, Avenatti confirmed he had received neither an apology nor any contact with school staff.
People need to learn self control. Seriously.
The scum bucket sure knows how to bring out the best in people. Avenatti truly is the consummate commie dem. The kind of person everyone loves to hate.
Liberals can insult you but you cant insult them.
Were being disarmed.
Looks like Avenatti’s Twitter feed is now protected.
Inappropriate private message to a partisan asshat ftom a private email account that “used profanity”?
Better send the hold out to the gulag for political re-education
It's difficult to not be pissed off right now. God, I hate these people.
If you truly mean it, NEVER apologize about stuff like this.
Geez, dont people know to make a fake persona to do things like that?
>>CBSDFW.com cant print Groves message due to the vulgarity
Did SeeBS-DFW report Robert Deniro’s “F-Trump” tirade at the Tony Awards?
What about the DC presstitutes’ misogynist attacks on women in the Trump administration?
He probably didn't think he'd lose his job and his ability to provide for his family over it.
This is how fascist regimes take over. They make opposing them too costly. Eventually, people become resigned and tired and fall in step.
It's easier to stand resolute when you have nothing to lose. Put a roof over your head, a mortgage, a couple of car payments, and a family to provide for and you might think, "I just want to keep my job."
Particularly when there's nobody on your side fighting for you.
Republicans are letting Kavanaugh swing in the wind right now. Do you think they're going to stand up for this guy?
And that goes right along with proper etiquette, table manners, personal conduct in public, PERSONAL HYGIENE, correct and respectful demeanor in the presence of your elders and betters.... etc.
None of that exists with young people.
They didn't post the comment because they want people to imagine something infinitely worse than the words he actually used.
Hearing avanti just made his Twitter account private. Whatever that means.
Today you'll lose your job...eventually you'll be arrested and shipped off for re-education.
Excellent post. Saved.
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