BREAKING: Texas Teacher Says Conservative Christians ‘Need to Get COVID and Die’

Grapevine Colleyville Independent School District
Tom Fox, Dallas Morning News

A Texas teacher, identified by local parents as Colleyville Middle School English teacher Lisa Grimes, has sparked outrage after she was secretly recorded wishing death upon “conservative Christians” that are unvaccinated against COVID-19. 

“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.’ [crosstalk] 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? Because of conservative Christian crap? [crosstalk] I’m telling you, those conservative Christians … they need to die … they need to get covid and die,” said Grimes. 

A Grapevine-Colleyville parents’ Facebook group was flooded with comments expressing confusion, fury, and disgust at Grimes’ comments.

“If you are a Christian pray for this woman. That as she goes through the next few months she’s shown mercy and grace by the believers. That how we react to this arrow ultimately brings her revelation about the state of her heart towards a very large group of people. It’s very sad to hear and knowing there are SEVERAL other people like her out there,” said one parent.

“One of the many reasons we left [Colleyville Middle School] and [Grapevine-Colleyville ISD] this fall,” added another area mother. 

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD sent an email to parents Wednesday night assuaging families that their concerns had been heard and recognized.

“This afternoon, GCISD learned about an online video of a Colleyville Middle School teacher talking to two colleagues in a high-traffic area on campus. The sentiments expressed in the video do not reflect the views of GCISD or Colleyville Middle School. The teacher has been placed on administrative leave. The District will continue to investigate this incident,” the district said.

The GCISD school board followed with a formal statement Thursday morning. 

“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,” GCISD board president Jorge Rodriguez said.

As of Thursday afternoon, Grimes is no longer listed in GCISD’s staff directory.

Garion Frankel
Garion Frankel is a graduate student at Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government and Public Service with a concentration in education policy and management. He is a Young Voices contributor, and Chalkboard Review’s breaking news reporter.