LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - The firestorm surrounding a tweet sent by a University of Kansas professor continues to heat up.
State Senator Jim Denning of Overland Park has called for the firing of the University of Kansas professor David Guth over a controversial Twitter comment.
“Wishing death to someone's child is reprehensible. It is unacceptable for this hateful man to be instructing and influencing young adults,” Denning said in a statement.
Several state representatives said the professor needs to be fired.
On Friday, the university put Professor David Guth on administrative leave for his anti-NRA comments following this week’s naval yard shooting.
But this wasn’t the first time Guth has gotten in trouble. According to the KU staff newsletter “The Oread,” back in 2008 he had engaged in “unprofessional, threatening and abusive behavior towards another faculty member.”
Although it seems as though the professor hasn’t broken any of the school’s social media policies, his comments have put him outside the classroom for the time-being.
The university issued a statement saying they put him on administrative leave so the university can evaluate what happened.
In the meantime, other faculty members will be teaching his courses.
On Monday, the professor tweeted “The blood is on the hands of the NRA. Next time let it be YOUR sons and daughters. Shame on you. May god damn you.”
Guth says he was responding to pro-NRA tweets after the NRA shooting.
We reached out to Kelly McBride, an educator at the Poynter Institute, a center for journalism education, and asked if Guth crossed the line as a journalism educator.
“I think you can always have your opinion and stand up for the things you want to stand up for," McBride said. "I suspect that if he had the chance to do it all over again, he would not be vindictive and I don’t think it’s the opinion that got him in trouble. I think it’s the vindictiveness.”
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