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Old 04-23-2007, 05:10 PM   #1

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BOSTON - An adjunct professor was fired after leading a classroom discussion about the Virginia Tech shootings in which he pointed a marker at some students and said "pow."

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.

During the demonstration, Winset pretended to shoot some students. Then one student pretended to shoot Winset to illustrate his point that the gunman might have been stopped had another student or faculty member been armed.

"A classroom is supposed to be a place for academic exploration," Winset, who taught financial accounting, told the Boston Herald.

He said administrators had asked the faculty to engage students on the issue. But on Friday, he got a letter saying he was fired and ordering him to stay off campus.

Winset, 37, argued that the Catholic liberal arts school was stifling free discussion by firing him, and he said the move would have a "chilling effect" on open debate. He posted an 18-minute video on the online site YouTube defending his action.

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."

Student Junny Lee, 19, told The Boston Globe that most students didn't appear to find Winset's demonstration offensive.

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Old 04-23-2007, 05:29 PM   #2
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Personally, I thought that was a pretty lame reason to fire the guy. They were having an open discussion. I don't think firing the guy will end up saving one life.

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Old 04-23-2007, 07:41 PM   #3
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Time to sue someone i guess.
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Old 04-23-2007, 07:47 PM   #4
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Its certainly disturbing that free speech in universities is being curtailed in this manner. I often play devil's advocate in tutorials etc to advance discussion, challenge peoples' stances etc, even if the arguments I put forward don't represent my own opinions. I would hate to think that I could be disciplined for such things.
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Old 04-23-2007, 08:18 PM   #5

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Teacher who connects with his pupils and engages them in discussion on great issues of the day is a bad teacher? ...... way to go!

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Old 04-23-2007, 08:39 PM   #6
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But he may have offended one person. Thats unacceptable, the views of the one outway the views of everyone else.
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Old 04-23-2007, 11:38 PM   #7
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Old 04-24-2007, 06:53 AM   #8
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But he may have offended one person. Thats unacceptable, the views of the one outway the views of everyone else.
I assume this is sarcasm...
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Old 04-24-2007, 09:41 AM   #9
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That is hideous! They just fired him! In a civilized society he would have at lest had a chance to be heard and defend his position.
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