Parent launches petition for beloved teacher

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A parent of a Grissom High School student is behind a petition that is gaining traction on social media. The petition posted on is titled “Reinstate Teacher/Coach Shelby Hunter”.

In the petition summary, it claims that teacher and coach Shelby Hunter was removed from her class for an issue related to a lesson on COVID-19 vaccine cards. News 19 has reached out to petition creator Chris Sutphin. Sutphin tells News 19 that Mr Hunter has been on administrative leave since December 3, 2021.

News 19 has contacted the Huntsville City School District to confirm the details. When asked if Mr. Hunter was on administrative leave and/or had requested a hearing with the school district, Huntsville City Schools issued the following statement: “This is a question of personnel which the district is not free to discuss”.

As of Thursday, Mr. Hunter is still listed as a faculty member on the Grissom High School website.

A local law firm confirmed that Hunter was seeking legal advice. The company said it was working with Mr Hunter.

When asked why he started the petition, Sutphin said, “I just wanted to express my concern and show everyone how good he is.”

Sutphin says his son plays on the baseball team and has developed a close bond with Coach Hunter. Sutphin says he “hates” that Hunter hasn’t been at school for a month.


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