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David Guth v. University of Kansas

From September 2013 to September 2013
University of Kansas (Public college or university)
Lawrence, Kansas, United States

Identity of Speakers

  • David Guth
    Faculty/Staff
    Other

    David Guth is a tenured professor of journalism at the University of Kansas who was sanctioned by the school after tweeting an anti-NRA message in the aftermath of a mass shooting.

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Additional Information

  • Incident Nature:
    Social media
    Other
  • Incident Responses:
    University administration not protective of speech
  • Incident Status:
    No litigation
  • No protest Occured
  • Was Speech Code incident

Summary

David Guth is a tenured professor of journalism at the University of Kansas. After the mass shooting at Navy Yard in Washington, DC in 2013, Guth tweeted: “#NavyYardShooting The blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters. Shame on you. May God damn you.” He received a “near-immediate suspension” and was placed on indefinite leave. The punishment came after conservative members of the Kansas State Legislature called for his removal. Guth “accepted his suspension” and appears to have returned to teaching.