University of Kansas anthropology professors are accusing school officials of violating the constitutional rights of a fellow professor by placing him on leave because of a Twitter post.
Journalism professor David Guth got into hot water for a tweet aimed at the National Rifle Association (NRA) after the Sept. 16 shootings at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., that left 13 dead.
“The blood is on the hands of the (hash)NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters. Shame on you. May God damn you,” Guth posted.
The backlash was swift, with many accusing Guth of wishing death on the children of NRA members.
Some Kansas legislative leaders have called on the university’s Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little to fire Guth, with a few saying they will not support funding for the university if he isn’t fired.
Guth said he wasn’t advocating violence but was trying to make gun-rights advocates look at shootings from the point of view of the victims’ families.
In a statement issued Sept. 27, 14 professors and anthropology department chairwoman Jane Gibson said the university’s actions against Guth have a chilling effect on academic freedom, The Lawrence Journal-World reported.