Emmanuel College professor Nicholas Winset was fired after having a class discussion about the Virginia Tech shooting. The Boston Catholic college fired him by couriered letter without any of the normal peer-review process at the school, and without even discussing the matter with him. The faculty was instructed to discuss the VT shooting with their classes, but apparently he didn’t follow the expected script.
Winset’s discussion focused on three areas: That gun control doesn’t help and may harm; that victims should fight back instead of remaining passive; and that the over-eulogizing and non-stop attention paid to this tragedy serves to elevate the attacker to a sort of anti-hero, rock-star status that may encourage other nut-jobs. The most controversial aspect of the discussion was a skit where, after getting the students approval, he held a dry-erase marker as though it were a gun and “shot” some students, before having a pre-arranged student “shoot him dead” with his own dry-erase marker.
Professors all over the country are allowed to continue teaching after arguing that Bush was behind 9/11 and calling for & giving instruction to jihadist suicide bombers. Professor Ward Churchill got years of due-process after arguing that 9/11 victims were “little Eichmanns” and deserved the attack. He was eventually fired, but years later and for research misconduct and misrepresentation. Of course, those things probably wouldn’t have come to light had he not spoken out, but in this case, Winset didn’t get a full week or even a discussion before being told, literally, not to step foot back on campus. Yet, many still claim there’s no liberal bias on college campuses.
Winset suggests the message Emmanuel College is sending is that nothing controversial should be discussed by faculty or students. I suggest they actually mean nothing controversial to liberals.
Here is a Boston Herald article, and below is a video by Winset in response to his firing:
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