Half Massed wrote:The five-minute demonstration at Emmanuel College on Wednesday, two days after a student killed 32 people on the Virginia Tech campus, included a discussion of gun control, whether to respond to violence with violence, and the public's "celebration of victimhood," said the professor, Nicholas Winset.
The college issued a statement saying: "Emmanuel College has clear standards of classroom and campus conduct, and does not in any way condone the use of discriminatory or obscene language."
I don't get the whole "celebration of victimhood" line. That sounds like something that could be taken as slandering the victims, which just 2 days after the incident, is certainly in bad taste. I'm not saying that it was meant to be taken that way, but just the way that it was written up in this article, I think it could be understood in that way.
And as far as the reason that he was fired, it seems more like a speech issue rather than the actual action of "firing" the marker. I don't know if it goes back to the victim comment from earlier in the story or not, but I think it would be nice to see more about this whole thing. I think that the timing, more than anything else, is probably what was the most damaging here.
Also, this reminds me a bit about something that my Dad mentioned the day after the shootings, about a student being arrested, after stating during a discussion in a class that he could kind of relate to the shooter and his reasons for doing it. I can understand that the day after the shootings, this was not a smart comment to make, nor a sensitive one, but it still doesn't seem to make it an arrestable offense. If the professor had opened the floor up to any and all comments, I definitely think that the students rights were violated. It's not like he was just spouting off on his own about it. All in all, both of the incidents seem like poor timing, over-reactiveness and a serious lack of judgment on everybody's part.
EDIT: http://www.coloradoan.com/apps/pbcs.dll ... 1/70418020
^Link to the story I mentioned. From that article, it makes it sound like the student was more threatening that I had originally thought.