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Some Dean with Too Much Time on Her Hands Suspends a College Professor over a Photo of His Daughter in a Game of Thrones T-Shirt

By Cindy Davis | Miscellaneous | April 17, 2014 | Comments ()


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Are you kidding me? New Jersey’s Bergen Community College seems to be working through some issues with its Dean, B. Kaye Walter, aside from her utterly inexplicable take on a photo posted on Google + by art Professor Francis Schmidt. The picture below is of Schmidt’s daughter wearing a Game of Thrones t-shirt, with the well-known Daenerys Targaryen quote, “I will take what is mine with fire and blood.” Apparently Dean Walter felt the word “fire” could be taken to mean “gunfire,” and therefore some sort of threat—or an invitation to violence—against the school. Though Schmidt tried to explain the significance of the quote in relation to HBO’s television series, college officials (claiming they never heard of the show) suspended him without pay. The professor believes this action is in retaliation for a previous grievance he’d filed when he was denied a sabbatical.


Here’s the photo:

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Pretty scary, huh?

Regardless of public outcry against the suspension, the college maintains it has a need for concern:

“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.”


*headdesk*


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Comments Are Welcome, Jerks Will Be Banned


  • Guest

    Fucking New Jersey. Forgive my vitriol - I'm a professor in New Jersey - but god does this place suck.

  • DeaconG

    Give it a few days...once it gets on CNN.com the rage will ensue and the dean will have to find some way to "clear up the misunderstanding".

    Then again, that never stopped a particularly hard-headed AD over at Rutgers...

  • God Of Bal-Sagoth
  • Steve Ward

    Because god forbid just one over-reacting, panicking dumbass bucks the fuck up after they realise their idiocy and just say "yeeeeah, oops, I made a mistake, nevermind me".

    And stop looking for some one magical cause of shootings, especially ones as dumb as a catchphrase on a t-shirt. I cannot even begin to understand how a person thinks that acting against a photo of a t-shirt is going to keep them safe.

  • NateMan

    Always double down on your stupidity. It seems to do the trick.

  • Monica

    Google+?!

  • Jezzer

    It's some weird thing that happened for a few minutes between Myspace and Facebook.

  • space_oddity

    I should note that pretty much ALL Deans have "too much time on their hands." And this observation is from much direct experience.

  • Alberto Cox Délano

    Yo, I know this great safety procedure to avoid school shootings: Background checks! (Though I am of the opinion of repealing the 2nd amendment altogether, but it seems it is a sin to even arguein favour of the logic where-you-forgo-your-weapons-in-order-to-subscribe-to-a-social-contract-based-on-communal-trust-organized-around-a-State-which-has-the-monopoly-of-violence-as-the-foundation-of-a-modern-society-yet-limited-by-the-rule-of-law-and-institutions, as radical right-wingers loudly yell the argument we-need-guns-to-prevent-tyrann...-state-is-to-be-trusted-as-said-by-the-Founding-Fathers-or-something.)

  • John W

    So this is over school shootings?

    So it makes more sense to block pictures of a girl wearing a shirt than it does to block guns?

    Geez. it cracks me up how we ban everything even remotely associated with gun violence except...you know...guns.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I'd be willing to be that in the rarified air of BCC, no guns are permitted. NJ, and Bergen County in particular, doesn't roll that way.

    BCC did have two false alarms related to guns last year. (odd that the Dean doesn't bring those up)

  • idiosynchronic

    Ignorant and spiteful is no way to go through life, Dean.

  • Repo

    This is like how an episode of Community gets going. Oh that wacky Dean Pelton!

  • Sara_Tonin00

    bwahahahaha. That's from my home county.

  • APOCooter

    I'm glad you escaped the stupid.

  • hapl0

    ..

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