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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
Replies (41-50):
FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Apr. 19, 2014 at 10:04 PM


Quoting Fun_NCmom06:

 It doesn't matter. He still represents his school. He shouldn't allow his kids wearing inappropriate things that may be offensive. Obviously they though it was offensive.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Quoting Fun_NCmom06:

 I can see where that could be offensive. A teacher shouldn't wear things like that in the first place at school. There are so many shootings, bullying, kids bringing guns to school  these days I can see why they would think that t-shirt is offensive.  A teacher should dress professionally at school. I don't think he should have gotten suspended but a warning to not wear that to school.

You might want to try to pay more attention.

The Professor did not wear the t-shirt, to school or otherwise.

 

Come on, you are not truly this dense, are you?

You have so much growing up to do.

When you are wrong you cannot simply admit it and move on.  No learning for you.

Fun_NCmom06
by on Apr. 19, 2014 at 10:06 PM

So I am wrong because you say I am LOL. I do not have to agree with you. You are the one who needs to grow up. You are one of those crazy people that thinks everyone has to agree with you. Well got news for you. I don't agree with have the BS you post on here so get over it.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Quoting Fun_NCmom06:

 It doesn't matter. He still represents his school. He shouldn't allow his kids wearing inappropriate things that may be offensive. Obviously they though it was offensive.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Quoting Fun_NCmom06:

 I can see where that could be offensive. A teacher shouldn't wear things like that in the first place at school. There are so many shootings, bullying, kids bringing guns to school  these days I can see why they would think that t-shirt is offensive.  A teacher should dress professionally at school. I don't think he should have gotten suspended but a warning to not wear that to school.

You might want to try to pay more attention.

The Professor did not wear the t-shirt, to school or otherwise.

 

Come on, you are not truly this dense, are you?

You have so much growing up to do.

When you are wrong you cannot simply admit it and move on.  No learning for you.

 

dockyswifey
by on Apr. 19, 2014 at 10:07 PM
I went to school there. Hahaha those weren't the best of times.


What a joke. Ugh I can't believe they fired someone over that.
FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Apr. 19, 2014 at 10:09 PM


Quoting Fun_NCmom06:

So I am wrong because you say I am LOL. I do not have to agree with you. You are the one who needs to grow up. You are one of those crazy people that thinks everyone has to agree with you. Well got news for you. I don't agree with have the BS you post on here so get over it.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Quoting Fun_NCmom06:

 It doesn't matter. He still represents his school. He shouldn't allow his kids wearing inappropriate things that may be offensive. Obviously they though it was offensive.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Quoting Fun_NCmom06:

 I can see where that could be offensive. A teacher shouldn't wear things like that in the first place at school. There are so many shootings, bullying, kids bringing guns to school  these days I can see why they would think that t-shirt is offensive.  A teacher should dress professionally at school. I don't think he should have gotten suspended but a warning to not wear that to school.

You might want to try to pay more attention.

The Professor did not wear the t-shirt, to school or otherwise.

 

Come on, you are not truly this dense, are you?

You have so much growing up to do.

When you are wrong you cannot simply admit it and move on.  No learning for you.

 

I do not care if you agree with me.

You were wrong.  Your ignorance is nothing new.  Although I suppose I was hoping that you had been able to mature and learn a bit more before returning under yet another name.

So, in your world of wisdom, this Professor, which is a tad different than a teacher, should lose his position with the college he teaches at based on this t-shirt his daughter was wearing?

Fun_NCmom06
by on Apr. 19, 2014 at 10:10 PM

 You can get fired over anything these days.  It doesn't matter if you are at home or at work. If you are representing a school, business or working in the government you still need to be on good behavior or they can fire you. Most businesses don't even want their employees to have a facebook account or any public account do to crazy mess.

Quoting dockyswifey: I went to school there. Hahaha those weren't the best of times. What a joke. Ugh I can't believe they fired someone over that.

 

Fun_NCmom06
by on Apr. 19, 2014 at 10:13 PM

 Yes I do so get over it. If anything someone is wearing advertises, crime, drugs, alcohol, guns , etc they are going to question the teacher. They are not suppose to be advertising that kind of mess. Why would a child be wearing that anyways? Of course they are going to question his parenting and so on and they should. He is going to be judged as a parent and teacher supporting that mess.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Quoting Fun_NCmom06:

So I am wrong because you say I am LOL. I do not have to agree with you. You are the one who needs to grow up. You are one of those crazy people that thinks everyone has to agree with you. Well got news for you. I don't agree with have the BS you post on here so get over it.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Quoting Fun_NCmom06:

 It doesn't matter. He still represents his school. He shouldn't allow his kids wearing inappropriate things that may be offensive. Obviously they though it was offensive.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Quoting Fun_NCmom06:

 I can see where that could be offensive. A teacher shouldn't wear things like that in the first place at school. There are so many shootings, bullying, kids bringing guns to school  these days I can see why they would think that t-shirt is offensive.  A teacher should dress professionally at school. I don't think he should have gotten suspended but a warning to not wear that to school.

You might want to try to pay more attention.

The Professor did not wear the t-shirt, to school or otherwise.

 

Come on, you are not truly this dense, are you?

You have so much growing up to do.

When you are wrong you cannot simply admit it and move on.  No learning for you.

 

I do not care if you agree with me.

You were wrong.  Your ignorance is nothing new.  Although I suppose I was hoping that you had been able to mature and learn a bit more before returning under yet another name.

So, in your world of wisdom, this Professor, which is a tad different than a teacher, should lose his position with the college he teaches at based on this t-shirt his daughter was wearing?

 

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Apr. 19, 2014 at 10:15 PM


Quoting Fun_NCmom06:

 Yes I do so get over it. If anything someone is wearing advertises, crime, drugs, alcohol, guns , etc they are going to question the teacher. They are not suppose to be advertising that kind of mess. Why would a child be wearing that anyways? Of course they are going to question his parenting and so on and they should.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Quoting Fun_NCmom06:

So I am wrong because you say I am LOL. I do not have to agree with you. You are the one who needs to grow up. You are one of those crazy people that thinks everyone has to agree with you. Well got news for you. I don't agree with have the BS you post on here so get over it.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Quoting Fun_NCmom06:

 It doesn't matter. He still represents his school. He shouldn't allow his kids wearing inappropriate things that may be offensive. Obviously they though it was offensive.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Quoting Fun_NCmom06:

 I can see where that could be offensive. A teacher shouldn't wear things like that in the first place at school. There are so many shootings, bullying, kids bringing guns to school  these days I can see why they would think that t-shirt is offensive.  A teacher should dress professionally at school. I don't think he should have gotten suspended but a warning to not wear that to school.

You might want to try to pay more attention.

The Professor did not wear the t-shirt, to school or otherwise.

 

Come on, you are not truly this dense, are you?

You have so much growing up to do.

When you are wrong you cannot simply admit it and move on.  No learning for you.

 

I do not care if you agree with me.

You were wrong.  Your ignorance is nothing new.  Although I suppose I was hoping that you had been able to mature and learn a bit more before returning under yet another name.

So, in your world of wisdom, this Professor, which is a tad different than a teacher, should lose his position with the college he teaches at based on this t-shirt his daughter was wearing?

 

Advertising a crime, guns, etc. 

Oh my.

Hold on to your daughter tightly because the world is full of those you deem unworthy and should be fired and otherwise.

Lets hope no one judges your parenting with the expectation of consequences much along the same lines.  Good luck.

Fun_NCmom06
by on Apr. 19, 2014 at 10:17 PM

 Well my daughter dresses really nice and with class. She will not be wearing that crazy mess. We dress really nice and with class too. My daughter is well behaved and uses her manners when she speaks. She also is being taught with good morals and values and attends church.  So I think I am doing pretty well with her and my friends and family say the same thing. So no worries on my parenting.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Quoting Fun_NCmom06:

 Yes I do so get over it. If anything someone is wearing advertises, crime, drugs, alcohol, guns , etc they are going to question the teacher. They are not suppose to be advertising that kind of mess. Why would a child be wearing that anyways? Of course they are going to question his parenting and so on and they should.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Quoting Fun_NCmom06:

So I am wrong because you say I am LOL. I do not have to agree with you. You are the one who needs to grow up. You are one of those crazy people that thinks everyone has to agree with you. Well got news for you. I don't agree with have the BS you post on here so get over it.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Quoting Fun_NCmom06:

 It doesn't matter. He still represents his school. He shouldn't allow his kids wearing inappropriate things that may be offensive. Obviously they though it was offensive.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Quoting Fun_NCmom06:

 I can see where that could be offensive. A teacher shouldn't wear things like that in the first place at school. There are so many shootings, bullying, kids bringing guns to school  these days I can see why they would think that t-shirt is offensive.  A teacher should dress professionally at school. I don't think he should have gotten suspended but a warning to not wear that to school.

You might want to try to pay more attention.

The Professor did not wear the t-shirt, to school or otherwise.

 

Come on, you are not truly this dense, are you?

You have so much growing up to do.

When you are wrong you cannot simply admit it and move on.  No learning for you.

 

I do not care if you agree with me.

You were wrong.  Your ignorance is nothing new.  Although I suppose I was hoping that you had been able to mature and learn a bit more before returning under yet another name.

So, in your world of wisdom, this Professor, which is a tad different than a teacher, should lose his position with the college he teaches at based on this t-shirt his daughter was wearing?

 

Advertising a crime, guns, etc. 

Oh my.

Hold on to your daughter tightly because the world is full of those you deem unworthy and should be fired and otherwise.

Lets hope no one judges your parenting with the expectation of consequences much along the same lines.  Good luck.

 

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Apr. 19, 2014 at 10:19 PM


Quoting Fun_NCmom06:

 Well my daughter dresses really nice and with class. She will not be wearing that crazy mess. We dress really nice and with class too.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Quoting Fun_NCmom06:

 Yes I do so get over it. If anything someone is wearing advertises, crime, drugs, alcohol, guns , etc they are going to question the teacher. They are not suppose to be advertising that kind of mess. Why would a child be wearing that anyways? Of course they are going to question his parenting and so on and they should.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Quoting Fun_NCmom06:

So I am wrong because you say I am LOL. I do not have to agree with you. You are the one who needs to grow up. You are one of those crazy people that thinks everyone has to agree with you. Well got news for you. I don't agree with have the BS you post on here so get over it.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Quoting Fun_NCmom06:

 It doesn't matter. He still represents his school. He shouldn't allow his kids wearing inappropriate things that may be offensive. Obviously they though it was offensive.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Quoting Fun_NCmom06:

 I can see where that could be offensive. A teacher shouldn't wear things like that in the first place at school. There are so many shootings, bullying, kids bringing guns to school  these days I can see why they would think that t-shirt is offensive.  A teacher should dress professionally at school. I don't think he should have gotten suspended but a warning to not wear that to school.

You might want to try to pay more attention.

The Professor did not wear the t-shirt, to school or otherwise.

 

Come on, you are not truly this dense, are you?

You have so much growing up to do.

When you are wrong you cannot simply admit it and move on.  No learning for you.

 

I do not care if you agree with me.

You were wrong.  Your ignorance is nothing new.  Although I suppose I was hoping that you had been able to mature and learn a bit more before returning under yet another name.

So, in your world of wisdom, this Professor, which is a tad different than a teacher, should lose his position with the college he teaches at based on this t-shirt his daughter was wearing?

 

Advertising a crime, guns, etc. 

Oh my.

Hold on to your daughter tightly because the world is full of those you deem unworthy and should be fired and otherwise.

Lets hope no one judges your parenting with the expectation of consequences much along the same lines.  Good luck.

 

Of course you do.

Don't you want to know how I know you have a daughter?  

tanyainmizzou
by on Apr. 19, 2014 at 10:19 PM
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My son is sleeping in an old t-shirt of mine from a Metallica concert in the 80's.


But I do have class.  

Appearances can be deceiving.   Simply because you dress well doesn't mean you are smart, kind, or educated.


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