U. of Kansas Suspends Journalism Professor Who Wished for Death of NRA Member’s Children

September 20 2013
by GSL Staff
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According to a University of Kansas news release, David Guth, the journalism professor who called for the death of NRA member’s children, has been placed on indefinite leave.

From the UK news website,

LAWRENCE — Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little today issued the following 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.”

The release did not specify if Guth will continues to be paid while on administrative leave.

Guth tweeted the following on Sept 16,

Yesterday, the university issued statements condemning Guth’s comments.

The University issued the following statements on their website,

Ann Brill, dean of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications:

“While the First Amendment allows anyone to express an opinion, that privilege is not absolute and must be balanced with the rights of others. That’s vital to civil discourse. Professor Guth’s views do not represent our school and we do not advocate violence directed against any group or individuals.”

Timothy C. Caboni, vice chancellor for public affairs:

“The contents of Professor Guth’s tweet were repugnant and in no way represent the views or opinions of the University of Kansas. Like all Americans, he has the right under the First Amendment to express his personal views and is protected in that regard. But it is truly disgraceful that these views were expressed in such a callous and uncaring way. We expect all members of the university community to engage in civil discourse and not make inflammatory and offensive comments.”

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