Just That Kind of Day

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Note to professors: In the aftermath of a campus shooting, DO NOT make jokes about gunning down your students.

Campus security escorted East Stroudsburg University sociology professor Gloria Gadsden off campus on Wednesday after she posted comments on her Facebook page indicating she was thinking about killing her students. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education:

On Monday the professor posted this update: “Had a good day today, didn’t want to kill even one student.:-) Now Friday was a different story …” In another comment, on January 21, she wrote: “Does anyone know where I can find a very discrete hitman, it’s been that kind of day.”

Well the days only got worse. East Stroudsburg has suspended Gadsden’s employment indefinitely.

Gadsden maintains that it wasn’t her creepy Facebook postings that caused her university to can her. She says she was suspended because of a pretty banal op-ed she wrote about being a black faculty member back in 2008. In the op-ed she expressed the uncontroversial opinion that predominantly white colleges and universities should think about retention issues when attempting to hire diverse faculty.

Gadsden was apparently under the (mistaken) impression that her Facebook postings could only be seen by friends and family.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer