University of Kansas Condemns Professor Who Wished for Death of NRA Member’s Children

September 19 2013
by GSL Staff
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Earlier today we published a story on David Guth, a journalism (of all things) professor at the University of Kansas.

Guth tweeted the following on Sept 16,

Well, apparently Guth’s bosses weren’t too impressed with his use of social media.

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.”

No word yet on whether Guth will face termination or disciplinary actions over his words.

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