Game of Thrones T-Shirt Leads To Suspension Of College Professor

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Game of Thrones T-Shirt Leads To Suspension Of College Professor

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A Daenerys Targaryen quote printed on a t-shirt was interpreted as a threat against the dean of Bergen Community College.

Back in January, Professor Francis Schmidt of Bergen Community College posted a photo of his daughter in a yoga pose, wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the message, "I will take what is mine with fire & blood." It's a well-known quote from Daenerys Targaryen, one of the central characters in Game of Thrones - a show that officials at the college apparently don't watch.

The day after he posted the picture, Schmidt was called on the carpet and asked whether it was intended as a threat against the dean. Officials at the college may have been a little extra-twitchy because Schmidt had filed a grievance about two months prior over a denied request for sabbatical, but even after he explained the quote (and dug up millions of hits detailing its origins on Google), he was suspended without pay and forced to see a psychiatrist before he could be cleared to return to work.

Schmidt said one official told him that "when you see the word 'fire,' then someone shows up with an AK-47 here shooting everybody" as a not-terribly-coherent explanation for his suspension, and the college defended it as standard procedure. "Since Jan 1, 2014, 34 incidents of school shootings have occurred in the United States," spokesman Larry Hlavenka told NorthJersey.com. "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."

In the end, Schmidt was reinstated with back pay after an eight-day suspension, although he must comply with some conditions, including not wearing clothing with "questionable statements." Posting pictures of his daughter wearing such things probably isn't a great idea either.

Source: NorthJersey.com

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"Quick, we need a reason to sack this guy!"

"He's wearing a shirt with the word "fire" on it, let's appeal to memories of high school massacres and get him sacked"

"What could possibly go wrong?"

This is amazingly stupid. Like reallllly stupid.

It is sad that it did not happen to a Senator, think of all the taxmoney that could've been saved :P.

rosac:
"Quick, we need a reason to sack this guy!"

"He's wearing a shirt with the word "fire" on it, let's appeal to memories of high school massacres and get him sacked"

"What could possibly go wrong?"

This is amazingly stupid. Like reallllly stupid.

I... I don't even know how to add to this. It's like firing someone who's wearing a shirt saying, "The time of Men is over, the time of the Orc has come."

At least, I'm fairly sure I remember that being the quote, it's been awhile.

rosac:
"Quick, we need a reason to sack this guy!"

"He's wearing a shirt with the word "fire" on it, let's appeal to memories of high school massacres and get him sacked"

"What could possibly go wrong?"

This is amazingly stupid. Like reallllly stupid.

No wait, man, it says blood too. That changes EVERYTHING!

Ok I do hate oversensitive nonsense but 34 school shootings? Is that true? Because if it is I'd assume everyone was trying to kill me too if I lived in the US.

When I read the article title I thought the T-Shirt in question was going to be printed with a list of everyone who dies.

Spot1990:
Ok I do hate oversensitive nonsense but 34 school shootings? Is that true? Because if it is I'd assume everyone was trying to kill me too if I lived in the US.

That's only 1 shooting every 3.1 days (the source article was written on the 17th) just be glad he didn't include stabbings as well.

Also this is not mass shootings so for the US it's actually down on last year.

Well, to be fair, he was reinstated and didn't really suffer any consequences. It might seem like a hilarious overreaction, but if the number of school shootings in the US this year listed in the article is anywhere near correct, I can kinda understand educational institutions being a bit "trigger happy" (pardon the pun) when it comes to potential trouble. What I'd like to know is why the hell are people shooting each other in US schools so much? As far as I know this is pretty much endemic to the US, at least as far as first world countries go...

To be fair, a harmless little girls are the most threatening thing I can imagine...
When I want to inspire fear in the very heart my enemies I ask my niece to run at them wearing a T-shirt with a picture of the grim reaper. They especially get the point when she goes "RAAWR! I'mma get'cha!"

I can understand being called in maybe, but after the whole thing had been explained that should have been the end of it.
There is being overly cautious and then there is downright paranoia.

I imagine that the school board would freak out if a student said that "there are many causes that I would die for, but none that I would kill for".

They would think that person is a suicide bomber by the end of the sentence.

I mean, christ, there's twitchy, then there's this.

*slow clap* I'm, I'm amazed. I'd hope he at least got recompensed for their stupidity. Being put on suspension for something like that is over zealous, sure school shootings and all that are something to be concerned over, but wouldn't something like this, y'know, push him to do it even more if that were his intention?

So, does the dean spend his spare time going around the school painting over the 'fire' on the fire alarms and replacing it with 'combustion'?

What? 34 shootings in four months? Can I see a source for that? Either way, this seems blown out of proportion a bit, but I understand that Universities and school settings in general really can't do nothing when potentially not doing nothing means someone dies.

"To be, or not to be, that is the question"

SUSPENDED!!!!

Spot1990:
Ok I do hate oversensitive nonsense but 34 school shootings? Is that true? Because if it is I'd assume everyone was trying to kill me too if I lived in the US.

Wikipedia is probably where they got the number. Read the clarification text at the top of the page though
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_school_shootings_in_the_United_States

Middle_Index:
"To be, or not to be, that is the question"

SUSPENDED!!!!

"Wherefore art thou Romeo?"

Meanwhile, in the Romeo residence
"We need to cook more meth."
"Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die.
... Bitch."

Possession and intent to distribute.

OT:
This is stupid.

That's really all it is. Overreacting to something harmless whilst probably feeling accomplished. Woo-freakin-hoo.

I... How do people who're this idiotic manage to function?

Seriously, what the fuck is the matter with these morons?

He should be happy the T-Shirt didn't say "God is dead", because otherwise they would have burned him at the stake.

Mcoffey:
What? 34 shootings in four months? Can I see a source for that? Either way, this seems blown out of proportion a bit, but I understand that Universities and school settings in general really can't do nothing when potentially not doing nothing means someone dies.

It includes shootings that occur anywhere near students, and so includes any sort of gang violence within cities that happens to occur and can be recorded as close to a school. It's not 34 cases of mass-shootings against schools or anything.

Jandau:
Well, to be fair, he was reinstated and didn't really suffer any consequences. It might seem like a hilarious overreaction, but if the number of school shootings in the US this year listed in the article is anywhere near correct, I can kinda understand educational institutions being a bit "trigger happy" (pardon the pun) when it comes to potential trouble. What I'd like to know is why the hell are people shooting each other in US schools so much? As far as I know this is pretty much endemic to the US, at least as far as first world countries go...

It's because most other 1st world nations restrict the sale of guns to the public unlike America.
In the UK at least if a child snaps then all they can do usually is lash out physically and punch someone or if it gets really serious they might bring in a knife and it's a lot easier to stop a child with a knife...
Also American society promotes violence

God damn Lannisters.

Maybe the dean should be concerned that he thinks he's running things in such a way that someone might want to kill him?

I mean, yeah, I understand that there have been a number of school shootings and people are twitchy. But... Two months after sabbatical was denied, because he posted a picture of his daughter wearing the shirt? That seems like jumping at shadows.

rosac:
"Quick, we need a reason to sack this guy!"

"He's wearing a shirt with the word "fire" on it, let's appeal to memories of high school massacres and get him sacked"

"What could possibly go wrong?"

This is amazingly stupid. Like reallllly stupid.

But what about the Lego Minifigure gun? That would really solidify their need to sack him.

rosac:
"Quick, we need a reason to sack this guy!"

"He's wearing a shirt with the word "fire" on it, let's appeal to memories of high school massacres and get him sacked"

"What could possibly go wrong?"

This is amazingly stupid. Like reallllly stupid.

Hey, that's not how it happened. He wasn't even wearing the T-shirt. It was his daughter while she was doing Yoga. Totally more dangerous.

Jandau:
Well, to be fair, he was reinstated and didn't really suffer any consequences. It might seem like a hilarious overreaction, but if the number of school shootings in the US this year listed in the article is anywhere near correct, I can kinda understand educational institutions being a bit "trigger happy" (pardon the pun) when it comes to potential trouble. What I'd like to know is why the hell are people shooting each other in US schools so much? As far as I know this is pretty much endemic to the US, at least as far as first world countries go...

It's not. There hasn't been a single instance of what the common man would view as a "school shooting", as in someone walking into school with a gun and indiscriminately shooting anything that moved or the like.

There have been 34 instances of firearm violence on school property, in school buses, or perpetrated against students. Of those, several were actually police shooting someone threatening students or them while on school grounds (one example was a man with a knife who wouldn't go down to repeated tazings), several more were directly gang-related, and the rest seem to be directed violence against particular people the shooter had a grievance with. There has been a grand total of 6 deaths in school-related firearms incidents since 1/1/2014.

This is complete and utter idiocy. The officials responsible for suspending this man need to resign.

Agayek:
There have been 34 instances of firearm violence on school property, in school buses, or perpetrated against students. Of those, several were actually police shooting someone threatening students or them while on school grounds (one example was a man with a knife who wouldn't go down to repeated tazings) and there has been all of 6 deaths total in school-related firearms incidents since 1/1/2014.

That is an impressive and concise summary of the quoted statistics. Thank you very much.

SKBPinkie:
I... How do people who're this idiotic manage to function?

More terrifying still is that these people managed to gain administration positions at a university. So apparently they function quite well when they don't want you to go away.

Wait, so the prison model of schooling (of which, Zero Tolerance is a cornerstone right now) is being used in colleges now? *shudder*

"Live by the sword. Die by the sword."

"Han shot first."

"Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing end them?"

"Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war."

"I'm here to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and I'm all outta gum."

"If someone tries to kill you, you kill them right back."

"Make it so."

All suspendable, sackable offenses.

If you ask me, it sounds less like that school board is twitchy about school shootings and more like they just have it in for literature fans and fantasy/sci-fi fans.

Statistically to die in the us guns are far down on the list compared to just about any other measure, prescription drugs, alcohol, vehicles, hospital visits.

The whole guns are a danger and evil garbage is just that hype to convince people they are bad and therefore aok to take those rights away.

Nm that most school shootings happen on no gun zone schools, and the utter idiocy of liberals that actually had the gall to say all they needed was better signs to inform people if the no gun status of these places.

Far as this story goes the minute they called him into the office he should have burst out laughing in their faces i would have at their sheer stupidity.

A college, overreacting?
That's nothing new.

A college, using underhanded methods to force someone to quit?
That's nothing new.

Callate:
Maybe the dean should be concerned that he thinks he's running things in such a way that someone might want to kill him?

I mean, yeah, I understand that there have been a number of school shootings and people are twitchy. But... Two months after sabbatical was denied, because he posted a picture of his daughter wearing the shirt? That seems like jumping at shadows.

This is no laughing matter. Pictures of daughters wearing T-shirts were responsible for 50% of all violent crime last year. Clearly we must act now to end this tyranny of clothes.

Contact your senator today to vote yes on the Khaleesi Bill of Fashion Rights!

Lets buy this man a shirt. Might I suggest


Captcha: Better with Lunch. Oh the irony!

Jandau:
Well, to be fair, he was reinstated and didn't really suffer any consequences. It might seem like a hilarious overreaction, but if the number of school shootings in the US this year listed in the article is anywhere near correct, I can kinda understand educational institutions being a bit "trigger happy" (pardon the pun) when it comes to potential trouble. What I'd like to know is why the hell are people shooting each other in US schools so much? As far as I know this is pretty much endemic to the US, at least as far as first world countries go...

Two reasons.

1. Lack of helping out others with mental health. We think those who have any mental disability should be treated like a leper(unless a celebrity has the disability then they dedicate a whole month to raising awareness for it).

2. Bullying, we victim blame those who get hurt by this. Schools have a "it didn't happen if I didn't see it" mentality. Or if they do, they punish the child who was being beaten.

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