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Kansas Academics Worry Over Reaction To Prof’s Tweet

Associated Press - October 2, 2013 5:03 pm

The regents passed the current policy in December after a University of Kansas professor posted an anti-NRA tweet on Twitter.

The regents passed the current policy in December after a University of Kansas professor posted an anti-NRA tweet on Twitter.

More than 100 current and former University of Kansas faculty and staff are publicly affirming the free-speech rights of a professor whose Twitter post against the National Rifle Association sparked a political firestorm.

The statement issued Wednesday described the tweet by associate professor of journalism David Guth as “intemperate” but said the signers support his right to express his ideas.

Retired American Studies Professor Bill Tuttle said the statement is a response to comments from conservative Republican Kansas legislators that Guth should be fired.

Guth is on indefinite paid leave and declined to comment.

In his tweet after the September shootings that killed 13 people at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., Guth blasted the NRA and said, “Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters.”

Redden Neck

October 2, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Fire them all. There are plenty out there looking for jobs.

Bronson Waite

October 2, 2013 at 11:36 pm

While Professor Guth’s tweet is insensitive, KU is a public university and government institution, therefore, his speech rights are protected. If it is a private university then that would be different. Ironically, those Republican legislators, who wanted professor to be fired, preaches against big government…

Fuchs Mi

October 3, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Quit playing politics he should be fired.

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