KU to homicidal prof: go sit in the corner

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.

4 thoughts on “KU to homicidal prof: go sit in the corner

  1. Granny Grunch

    For the safety of the students,himself,and others, this poor (sick) man should have a psychiatric examination to determine if he can still maintain in nthe real world. Count the number of people who made comments like this and then went off to do bad things.

    1. Hognose Post author

      Nuts without guns are more hazardous than guns without nuts. I don’t know if he’s a nut (even shrinks, who have training in this stuff, have a pretty bad error rate, and would never even try to make the call without meeting the patient in person). But it’s evident his anger managament is suboptimal.

  2. Aesop

    I could give a flying crap about his sanity.

    But he’s clearly unfit to be a taxpayer-funded public employee.
    Simply fire him, and let him market his bilge commercially, if such is possible for him, or let him find employment doing common labor where his opinions carry less weight than the shovel he’d be hefting while digging ditches.

    Either way, academia benefits, and he loses, which is win-win.

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