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Tweet Lands Professor In Hot Water

Associated Press - September 20, 2013 11:03 am

A University of Kansas journalism professor is on leave, and facing criticism because of his Twitter post after the recent shootings in Washington, D.C., in which he says “blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters.”

David W. Guth, an associate professor of journalism, tweeted the comment in the aftermath of the Navy Yard shootings Monday that left people dead, including the assailant.

Timothy Caboni, vice chancellor for public affairs at Kansas, called the comment “repugnant.” Ann Brill, dean of journalism school, says Guth’s views don’t represent the university, which doesn’t advocate violence.

Guth says he wasn’t advocating violence, but was trying to make gun advocates see shootings from the point of view of the victims and their families.

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little on Friday issued a statement regarding Associate Professor of Journalism David Guth.

“In order to prevent disruptions to the learning environment for students, the School of Journalism and the university, I have directed Provost Jeffrey Vitter to place Associate Professor Guth on indefinite administrative leave pending a review of the entire situation. Professor Guth’s classes will be taught by other faculty members,” Gray-Little said in the statement.

Terry Stithem

September 20, 2013 at 11:13 am

Freedom of speech gives him the right to say it no matter how utterly assanine it is. It does not however relieve him of the consequences of what he says. He has openly wished harm and DEATH to a majority of this country’s children. He is a danger to himself and therefore his students and the University. He should be done as an instructor of anything other than how to avoid basic common sense.

Russ Harms

September 20, 2013 at 11:42 am

Agree with Terry 100%.

B Koz

September 20, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I’m relieved in a way…even college professors can say the dumbest things at times. The real problem isn’t him having an opinion ….or free speech. The problem is Twitter….when you share you views with others by way of any “social” network site….you’d better be ready for the consequences.
The computer and all it’s trappings and trickle down has been a real God-send to many …..and a curse for others. Discipline yourself folks….so others don’t have to.

Anita Mann

September 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Terry is correct. People think they can say whatever pops into their head and are protected by free speech. I’m happy to see the school taking steps to show that there are consequences. I have a friends child that goes to KU that she thinks he says things like this often. Guess twiiter made him famous for being a total tool now.

Fuchs Mi

September 20, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Consequences???? He has gotten national attention been on television and keeps his job. All he has shown is how stupid he is. This had nothing to do with the NRA. What it had to do with is the government dropping the ball when they were aware of this guy and his possible intentions but did nothing. Had they taken actions they would have revoked his security status and when he went to enter it would have been taken care of before he got a chance to do anything. I know some of you are like this web site they do not believe in freedom of speech. But it is in our constitution for those of you that were educated prior to the demise of our school system in teaching such things and understand that. This professor is well aware of this just wanted his 15 minutes of fame.

Bob Bowser

September 20, 2013 at 9:25 pm

I am both a 1st Amendment supporter AND a 2nd Amendment supporter.
This guy has the Constitutional Right to speak freely.
IF his speech is not in accordance with the image that KU wishes to portray, then KU has the right to fire him based on insubordination.
If KU wishes for their image to be portrayed in a manner consistent with what this guy is saying, then so be it.
NRA members, GunOwners, and all other Citizens ALSO have the right NOT to support in any way the image of KU or ANYTHING tied to KU… including denying them ANY tax funding.
Need there be a petition drive in Kansas?

Red Neck

September 21, 2013 at 8:09 am

Say what boy. Why does this become KU’S problem? Should what you post on here become your employers problem? Should people boycott your employers business? I say not. Stinkin thinkin on your part.

Fredd Fredrickson

September 21, 2013 at 8:41 am

You have to wonder if this man’s thought process blames the National Canners’ Association for the pressure cookers at the Boston Marathon…

Bob Dole

September 22, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Say what boy. It is KU’s problem!! If he wants to make threats then do it on his own pc at home not at work!!

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