A Texas private school administrator sent a vulgar message to high-profile attorney Michael Avenatti on Twitter late Sunday night that got a lot more attention than he ever could have imagined — and now he's been suspended from his job, according to KTVT-TV.
Butch Groves, Head of Upper School at the Oakridge School in Arlington, sent a private direct message to Avenatti, which the attorney decided to make extremely public.
"Meet @butchgroves, the Head of Upper School at The Oakridge School in Arlington, TX," Avenatti tweeted along with screenshots of Groves' message and profile. "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."
What did the message say?
Avenatti, best known as the lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels, has been in the news most recently for saying he has a client with damaging allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
It's unclear what aspect of Avenatti's reputation Grove took issue with when he sent the following message: "You are a f***ing douchebag. You lying piece of s***."
More than 16,000 people had retweeted Avenatti's tweet of the screenshots as of Monday night, and the message eventually caught the attention of Groves' employer.
What did the school say?
The Oakridge School issued a statement Monday announcing the suspension and saying that Groves' message violated the school's policy regarding online communication.
“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.
“That said, The Oakridge School has clear policies in place regarding online and face-to-face communications,” the statement continued. “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.”
(H/T The Hill)