Ex-Rutgers Professor Is Fired by Montclair Before He Can Take Up His New Post After Tweeting His Wish for Trump to Be Assassinated
Jessa Schroeder, Daily Mail, August 1, 2017
A Montclair State University professor with a history of making irresponsible political statements on the internet has been fired after he tweeted for someone to kill President Trump.
‘Trump is a f — ing joke,’ Kevin Allred wrote in the social media post Friday night, which has since been deleted from his page. ‘This is all a sham. I wish someone would just shoot him outright.’
Later in the weekend, Allred shared the notorious photograph of Kathy Griffin holding a beheaded prop of Trump, with the caption ‘mood.’ He also personally indicated the President was ‘a traitor and a terrorist.’
Allred was an adjunct professor for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and most recognized for his quirky course called ‘Politicizing Beyonce’ at Montclair State University in New Jersey.
Back in November 2016, while employed at Rutgers, Allred was admitted to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital to undergo mental evaluation after he made threats ‘to kill white people,’ burn the flag and abuse gun laws, the New York Daily News reported at the time.
‘Rutgers police told them I’m a threat based on political statements I’ve made on campus and on Twitter. This is for exercising my … First Amendment rights,’ Allred wrote to Twitter after the cops showed up to his Brooklyn home for questioning.
After he was released from the psychiatric hospital, he took to Twitter again, calling the situation a ‘s*** show’ and a limitation of free speech during Trump’s upset election.
‘They’ve forced me to now undergo a psychiatric evaluation at the hospital,’ he tweeted. ‘They brought me by ambulance tho i’m not under arrest technically.’
‘And this is for exercising my f***ing first amendment rights. i’m being labeled a threat and put in a psych hospital,’ he added.
Allred told the Daily News at the time that he spoke with his students about their opinions on burning the flag ‘as a form of protest’ and what the idea triggered to different groups of people.
‘Then I made a comment, essentially saying, ‘Would people feel the same way about being so lenient with the Second Amendment if people went out and got guns to shoot random white people?” he said.
A student of Allred’s reportedly filed a complaint against him to school officials, but details behind the reasoning were not disclosed.
Allred was not terminated from his former position at Rutger’s.
Rutgers’ President Robert L. Barchi issued a public statement during the time to the university’s students and staff members.
‘No matter your political view, ethnicity, religious beliefs, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or nationality, you are first and foremost a Rutgers student,’ Rutgers President Robert Barchi said.
‘You are owed our respect, our support, and our best efforts to keep you safe and secure as you express your opinions and pursue your studies.’