A University of Kansas journalism professor facing criticism because of his Twitter post after the recent shootings in Washington, D.C. was placed on administrative leave today. In his post, David Guth says “blood is on the hands of the (hash)NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters.”
Guth tweeted the comment in the aftermath of the Navy Yard shootings Monday that left people dead, including the assailant.
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little Friday issued the following statement:
“In order to prevent disruptions to the learning environment for students, the School of Journalism and the university, I have directed Provost Jeffrey Vitter to place Associate Professor Guth on indefinite administrative leave pending a review of the entire situation. Professor Guth’s classes will be taught by other faculty members.”
Timothy Caboni, vice chancellor for public affairs at Kansas, called the comment “repugnant” Thursday. Ann Brill, dean of journalism school, says Guth’s views don’t represent the university, which doesn’t advocate violence.
Guth says he wasn’t advocating violence, but was trying to make gun advocates see shootings from the point of view of the victims and their families.
Kansas First News tried calling Guth for comment, but his voicemail was full.
We will have more on this developing story tonight on Kansas First News at 5p.