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Butch Groves, the head of a private school in Texas, has been indefinitely suspended after reportedly sending a profane message to Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing Stormy Daniels.
Arlington's Oakridge School announced on Twitter Monday afternoon that the school administrator was suspended indefinitely for sending an "inappropriate private message to attorney Michael Avenatti from his personal social media account," a local CBS affiliate reported.
"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," a spokesperson for the school said in the statement.
"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."
The announcement comes the same day Avenatti took to Twitter with a screenshot of a message sent from Groves's Twitter account.
"You are a f---ing douche bag. You lying piece of shit," the message from Groves read.
Avenatti wrote in a tweet that was public when posted but has since become private, "Meet [Butch Groves], 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."
Groves and Oakridge School leadership did not return the local station's request for comment. Avenatti on Monday night commented that the firing provided a "lesson" to others who send him "abusive messages."
In a since-protected tweet, he said, "Let this be a lesson to those that believe that they can send abusive messages to me or others without consequence. People are free to engage in spirited debate but if you are abusive, you will be held accountable."
-Updated 11:09 p.m.