Katherine Timpf, who as far as we know broke the story of University of Kansas Jounalism School professor and former Dean, David W. Guth, had a followup this afternoon.
The story was, as we documented to some extent, that Guth, who has become increasingly obsessed with gun control and the NRA in recent months, called for the murder of the sons and daughters of NRA members, and called on God to consign them (presumably the members, not the kids, although you never know with Guth) to Perdition.
That last bit was almost certainly an empty rhetorical flourish. What J-school prof ever believed in a Greater Power, unless he was dogging it in a 12-Step program, or talking about the Pulitzer Committee?
At first, KU tried standing behind it’s wannabe firebrand. But, as Timpf reports, Guth got sent to the showers and won’t be suiting up for a while:
“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,” [KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little] said.
Funny thing: folks in Kansas take their rights seriously, and as even Guth has noted, the legislature is tired of paying ever-growing bills for a university — “Snob Hill” — that not only doesn’t share heartland values, but seems to miss no opportunity to belittle and disparage them. To steal an analogy from our Sea Service friends, Gray-Little is in damage-control mode, and at least for now Guth is on the wrong side of the watertight door, watching the handle spin.
If KU doesn’t take on too much water, they’ll spin the handle the other way and let him out of the time-out corner after a decent interval.
Timpf has also learned that Guth has been censured by the University before for “unprofessional, threatening, and abusive behavior towards another faculty”. (We presume they mean “faculty member.” It sure seems like no one at KU can write modern standard English).
One gets the feeling the last shoe has not dropped on this one, and the place to be if you care is probably Katherine Timpf’s Twitter feed: @kcimpf. KU seems to prefer engaging legacy media than Timpf, but unlike them she’s actually interested in, and understands, the story.