LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A University of Kansas professor says he agreed to begin a planned sabbatical early amid the firestorm over his Twitter comment about the mass shootings at the Navy Yard in Washington.
David Guth told The Associated Press in an email Saturday that he agrees with the university that the safety of students is the top priority.
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Guth say says he and others have received thousands of angry tweets, phone calls and emails. He says some contained thinly veiled death threats.
The university announced Friday it was placing the journalism professor on indefinite administrative leave. Its spokesman confirmed Monday such administrative leaves are paid.
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In February, Guth was awarded a sabbatical that was to begin in spring 2014 to research how rural community journalists survive in the 21st century.