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Kenneth Storey v. University of Tampa

August 2017
University of Tampa (Private college or university)
Tampa, FL, United States

Identity of Speakers

  • Kenneth Storey
    Faculty/Staff
    Other

    Kenneth Storey was an adjunct in sociology who was fired by the private University of Tampa for a tweet implying that Hurricane Harvey "felt like" Karma for Texas residents who voted for Republicans.

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

Kenneth Storey was an adjunct in sociology at the University of Tampa, a private school, and Hillsborough Community College, a public school. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, he tweeted “I don’t believe in Karma but this kinda feels like it for Texas. hopefully this will help them realize the GOP doesn’t care about them.” He apologized the next day, and said he was making a point about GOP climate change denialism and FEMA funding cuts. He was nevertheless fired from the University of Tampa, but Hillsborough Community College took no action against him.