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Friday, 20 September 2013 09:55

KU professor placed on administrative leave for controversial NRA tweet

Written by  Associated Press

A University of Kansas journalism professor is facing criticism because of his Twitter post after the recent shootings in Washington, D.C., in which he says "blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters." Friday, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little announced that he would be placed on administrative leave.

David W. Guth, an associate professor of journalism, tweeted the comment in the aftermath of the Navy Yard shootings Monday that left people dead, including the assailant.

Regarding the leave, Gray-Little released 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 KU, called the comment "repugnant." 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.

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