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Professor suspended over a t-shirt potentially being a threat

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Professor Suspended Over "Threatening" Game of Thrones T-Shirt

Professor Suspended Over "Threatening" Game of Thrones T-Shirt

A popular community college professor was suspended after posting a photo of his daughter wearing an oversized T-shirt bearing a tagline from this season of Game of Thrones—Daenerys Targaryen's "I will take what is mine with fire and blood."

Francis Schmidt, who teaches art and animation at Bergen Community College in New Jersey, shared the photo on Google+, where it was seen by several of his work contacts. One of them, a dean, decided the shirt was a veiled threat of some kind.

The faculty union is currently in conflict with the school administration over promotions and tenure, and recently registered a vote of no-confidence against the school's president. Schmidt himself had just filed a grievance after being denied a sabbatical. That may explain some of what happened next.

According to Inside Higher Ed, Schmidt got an email over the weekend from Jim Miller, Bergen's HR director, calling him into an immediate meeting with administrators about the alleged "threatening email."

At the meeting, Schmidt explained the shirt in the context of Game of Thrones and showed Miller that the "fire and blood" tagline has 4 million results on Google. The professor asked why his photo had caused such a reaction, and was told that "fire" could be a metaphor for "AK-47s."

Schmidt was placed on administrative leave without pay later that week, and told he would have to pass a psychiatric evaluation before he could return. He says he passed that same evaluation in 2007 after being diagnosed with depression.

In the face of public criticism and rationality, Bergen stuck to its imaginary guns in a statement today:

"The referenced incident refers to a private personnel matter at Bergen Community College. Since January 1, 2014, 34 incidents of school shootings have occurred in the United States. In following its safety and security procedures, the college investigates all situations where a member of its community – students, faculty, staff or local residents – expresses a safety or security concern."

Research has yet to establish a link between support for the Mother of Dragons and likelihood of shooting up a school.

by on Apr. 17, 2014 at 3:41 PM
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.Bubbles.
by Silver Member on Apr. 17, 2014 at 4:46 PM
2 moms liked this

People have become so ridiculously oversensitive it is getting insane. 

stormcris
by Christy on Apr. 17, 2014 at 4:56 PM

banging head into wall

Momniscient
by Ruby Member on Apr. 17, 2014 at 4:56 PM
Seriously.

I would've just assumed it was a pop culture reference and if I needed to... I would have found out which reference.


Quoting UpSheRises:

I wouldn't have gotten it...i've never seen the show or read the books but I also don't walk around in constant fear that i'll be shot by a mass murderer.


Quoting Luvnlogic: Stupid beyond words...there's obviously something else going on here. People can't be this clueless to current pop culture.

 

LiveinJoy
by on Apr. 17, 2014 at 5:04 PM
Wow...totally absurd
Luvnlogic
by Silver Member on Apr. 17, 2014 at 10:44 PM
Yep, Google it. Then do 20 seconds of research before jumping to conclusions from then on out. It's not obscure. They obviously just have an ax to grind which they have now made themselves look like total douches to accomplish.

Quoting Momniscient: Seriously.

I would've just assumed it was a pop culture reference and if I needed to... I would have found out which reference.


Quoting UpSheRises:

I wouldn't have gotten it...i've never seen the show or read the books but I also don't walk around in constant fear that i'll be shot by a mass murderer.


Quoting Luvnlogic: Stupid beyond words...there's obviously something else going on here. People can't be this clueless to current pop culture.

 

Friday
by HRH of MJ on Apr. 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM
2 moms liked this

 Oh for Bobs sake.

"The problem with the world today is there are too many stupid people.....and no one to eat em!"


~Carlos Mencia

Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Apr. 17, 2014 at 10:52 PM

 Holy cow

LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Apr. 18, 2014 at 1:50 AM

In the Land of the Free...

... yup.

DestinyHLewis
by Destiny on Apr. 18, 2014 at 2:36 AM

This shit is out of control. Smdh. 

DestinyHLewis
by Destiny on Apr. 18, 2014 at 2:38 AM
1 mom liked this

I'm already screwed in that arena. Everyday math IS NOT everyday math. 

Quoting tanyainmizzou:

I sometimes think that too.    But I cannot teach my son math past about 6th grade...

Quoting shuturpiehole:

Omfg I'm so sick of this country. I'm going to buy some land hidden in a valley somewhere and take my kids and go live off the grid.




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