Connect with us

Education

Professor Fired For Being Antifa and Wishing Death Upon Evangelical Christians Wins Three Year Salary Settlement From College

Published

on

A professor who was fired by Kirkwood Community College after telling a media outlet “I am antifa” has won a $25,000 settlement, roughly the equivalent of what he would have made for teaching three years of classes.

Jeff Klinzman claimed that he was forced to resign in violation of his First Amendment rights.

Klinzman, 62, had gained media attention in August after local station KCRG-TV reported on his extremist social media posts. The news of his claims of Antifa affiliation quickly went viral and people began to lobby for him to be fired from his job.

Campus Reform reports that in a 2012 post, Klinzman wrote on Facebook that “this is what the country will come to if we don’t stop Evangelical Christians,” quoting a poem reading “Kill them all, and bury them deep into the ground, before millions more are tortured to death.”

He added: “It’s not pretty, and I’m not proud, but seeing what Evangelical Christians are doing to this country and its people fills me with rage and a desire to exact revenge.”

When a reporter from the station reached out to Klinzman, he defended his comments and declared: “I affirm that I am antifa.”

As the public demanded his termination, the college decided to cancel his classes for the rest of the year due to “the potential to create an environment that is disruptive to our mission.” They agreed to pay him for the semester anyways, however, which amounted to $3,624 for a 16-week period.

“Our decision to remove Mr. Klinzman from the classroom has nothing to do with the substance of his views or his right to express them. Rather, our decision is based solely on our commitment to fostering a safe learning environment for our students, faculty, and staff,” KCC President Lori Sundberg said in a statement at the time.

Shortly after being removed from the classroom, Klinzman emailed the school and told them he would resign.

“Due to the controversy surrounding reporting about my activism, and in the interest of preserving the safety of the Kirkwood campus, its students, faculty, and staff, I resign my position as a member of the English faculty effective immediately,” the email from Klinzman said, hardly sounding like someone who was being forced out by his boss.

However, Klinzman later claimed that he was forced to quit by being removed from the classroom and filed a lawsuit with representation by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

“Public colleges simply cannot fire professors because a small, vocal group of people online get upset. We are grateful that we were able to work with Kirkwood to resolve this matter and secure a good result for Jeff,” said Greg Harold Greubel, staff attorney for FIRE’s Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project said in a statement released by the organization. “Ultimately, this is a victory for Jeff. More broadly, we hope that Jeff’s story will remind colleges that all of their professors have the right to express their political opinions online, and FIRE will be ready to act if colleges violate those expressive rights.”

A spokesperson from Kirkwood Community College told Campus Reform that they believe they handled the situation appropriately, but wanted to avoid costly litigation defending themselves so that they can focus on students.

“The college remains confident in how sensitive issues were managed related to his resignation at the beginning of the 2019-20 academic year. With this matter now settled, Kirkwood avoids potentially lengthy and costly litigation to defend itself and can keep its attention focused on educating students.”

“Kirkwood is pleased to put this matter behind the institution as it moves forward with its continued commitment to creating a learning environment where free speech and academic freedom can thrive,” the college added.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Flubber

    April 28, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    “this is what the country will come to if we don’t stop Evangelical Christians,” quoting a poem reading “Kill them all, and bury them deep into the ground, before millions more are tortured to death.”

    This is why the leftist Jews are so obsessed with open borders immigration.

    In their neurotic paranoia, the only way to avoid another shoah at the hand of white people, is to systematically attack the countries of white people. By their logic, Hitler wouldn’t have got into o power if white Germans were a minority in Germany.

    It isn’t pretty, but it is what it is.

  2. Pingback: South by Southwest Conference Ticketgoers File Class Action Lawsuit After No-Refund Cancellation – MAGAtoon.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Education

Poll Finds 40% of Families More Likely to Homeschool or Virtual School After Lockdowns

“Homeschooling is the new status quo.”

Published

on

A new national poll has revealed that 40 percent of families are more likely to continue home or virtual schooling after the lock downs end.

The RealClear Opinion Research survey also found that 64 percent of registered voters support school choice.

Homeschool has been under attack in a big way since the lock downs began, but mainstream media’s efforts to dismiss it is clearly not resonating with voters.

“Every single family with kids in school has been incredibly disrupted by the lockdowns. With 55 million students no longer in their normal educational setting, families are clearly considering new options and many are seeing the benefits of homeschooling and virtual schooling. Policymakers should note that there is a strong desire to have these and other educational options available to families, with both strong support for the general concept of school choice and even stronger support for a specific federal proposal, Education Freedom Scholarships,” John Schilling, President of the American Federation of Children, said in response to the poll results.

Schilling added that this is the time for leadership and for desperately needed bold reforms to be implemented across our K-12 education system.

“Millions of families are seeing the inadequacies of school districts that are too inflexible,” Schilling said. “We owe it to our nation’s families and students to give them more flexibility and additional educational options. Moreover, policymakers owe it to the taxpayers who are footing the $800 billion K-12 education bill to maximize their investment by ensuring every child has access to a quality education and outcomes are improved across the board.”

More black and Asian parents said that they are more likely to consider homeschooling now, with 50.4 percent of black voters saying so, and 53.8 percent of Asian parents. Just 36.3 percent of white parents said the same, and 38.2 percent of Hispanic.

The issue did not seem to be partisan, however, as 45.7 percent of Democrats said they are more likely to consider homeschool, as well as 42.3 percent of Republicans.

Corey A. DeAngelis, the director of school choice at the Reason Foundation told the District Herald that these shutdowns have helped parents to realize that homeschool works better than government schooling.

Continue Reading

Education

Arkansas Middle School Teacher Arrested for Rape, Sexually Grooming Child

He is currently being held at Mississippi County Jail without bond.

Published

on

An Arkansas public school teacher has been arrested on suspicion of rape, sexually grooming a child, and internet stalking a child.

Blytheville Middle School teacher Gregory Briggs, 29, was arrested on Thursday according to a statement from the town’s Police Chief Ross Thompson.

The investigation into Briggs began when the parents of a 13-year-old student contacted police about inappropriate sexual conduct from the teacher.

“They reported that they had been contacted by the parent of a 13-year-old student who had evidence of inappropriate contact of a sexual nature between their child and 29-year-old Gregory Briggs, a teacher with the Blytheville Public Schools,” Thompson said in a press release.

As law enforcement investigated the case, they uncovered evidence of additional crimes against other students.

The Blytheville Police received assistance from the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children division and school officials during the investigation.

Briggs is currently being held at Mississippi County Jail without bond.

A Missouri public school teacher was also arrested this week and charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to investigators, Cassville School District teacher Brandon McCullough used the messaging app Kik to contact a minor in New Jersey under a fake name. The investigation found that in May of last year he engaged with a sexually explicit chat with the child, including sending pornographic images. The victim told law enforcement that she felt trapped as the teacher kept requesting more explicit photographs and threatening to post the ones she had sent if she did not comply.

A Florida school teacher was also arrested and charged this week for filming students changing on multiple occasions.

Thomas John Kovack, 41, admitted to detectives that he filmed multiple students changing in the bathroom during the pool party while he was a teacher at J.W. Mitchell High School. He also supplied them with alcohol.

Note: After voting, District Herald may occasionally notify you of the latest breaking news.

Continue Reading

Education

Florida Public School Teacher Charged With Filming Students Changing on Two Occasions

He also supplied them with alcohol.

Published

on

A Florida public school teacher has been arrested for filming students changing at a pool party at his house in 2011 and again at the school in 2018.

Thomas John Kovack, 41, admitted to detectives that he filmed multiple students changing in the bathroom during the pool party while he was a teacher at J.W. Mitchell High School. He also supplied them with alcohol.

“Kovack provided the students with alcohol and offered for them to spend the night,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “While no students stayed the night, several were captured on the hidden camera without their knowledge or consent.”

Pasco County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kovack on Tuesday. In addition to confessing to filming students without their knowledge, he also told detectives where he was storing a hard drive with the videos.

Kovack went on to teach at Fivay High School, where a student caught him filming her while she changed.

NBC News reports that in 2018, “a student said she was changing for yearbook photos in a classroom closet when she found an iPhone filming her. She told authorities she saw Kovack setting up the phone to record after watching the video from the beginning, according to a complaint affidavit.”

The teacher claimed that he “regretted his actions” and deleted that footage.

Kovack has now been charged with video voyeurism in two counties.

“Kovack was in custody at the Pinellas County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon, according to inmate records. He had an initial appearance in court for the 10 charges stemming from the 2011 pool party on Wednesday and is scheduled to appear for a bond hearing at 10 a.m. May 19,” the report states.

Note: After voting, District Herald may occasionally notify you of the latest breaking news.

Continue Reading

Trending