To argue that an armed student could have stopped the Virginia Tech killer, an adjunct professor at Boston’s Emmanuel College pointed a Magic Marker at students in his class and said, “Bang” several times. A student he’d prepared earlier “shot” Nicholas Winset, a financial accounting instructor, with an imaginary gun.
“Why did I stop?” Winset asked his 23 undergraduate students , before someone replied that the “gunman” was shot.
“So guns maybe aren’t all bad,” Winset told the group.
He was fired — two weeks before the end of the semester — and barred from campus. The administration’s statement says the school prohibits “any behavior or action which makes light of or mimics the terrible tragedy at Virginia Tech.”
Winset said the Catholic college urged instructors to discuss the tragedy with students. He spent five minutes discussing victimhood, nonviolence and gun control before moving on to accounting.
Emmanuel accuses the professor of incivility.
The college said on Monday that Winset’s firing “had nothing to do with academic freedom” but rather “his insensitivity toward the students who were murdered at Virginia Tech” and “his use of obscene and discriminatory language which is not tolerated from students, faculty or staff at this institution.”
Winset was “disparaging the victims as rich white kids combined with an obscene epithet. He did not do this as part of an open debate with his students,” the statement said.
This must be the first time in modern history that someone on a college campus got in trouble for referring to rich white people.
The only student interviewed said he didn’t think his classmates were upset or offended, but someone must have said something to someone.
Winset had told Emmanuel before the incident that he was moving on to another job, but apparently they couldn’t tolerate him on campus for the final two weeks. What’s open debate going to sound like at Emmanuel in the future? Kind of quiet.
Winset has posted a defense on YouTube.
Classically Liberal provides several examples of school (and mall) killers who were stopped by armed resistance.