College Professor Fired After Joke About Iran Bombing U.S.

Babson College suspends employee for Facebook post urging Iran to list U.S. cultural sites to bomb

Babson College suspends employee for Facebook post urging Iran to list U.S. cultural sites to bomb

Phansey was responding to a tweet from President Trump in which the president threatened to attack 52 Iranian cultural sites if Iranian leaders continued to threaten America. The Pentagon later ruled out striking Iranian cultural sites because of "the laws of armed conflict".

Phansey had been placed on administrative leave on Wednesday while the college investigated the post.

He added that he is "particularly sorry to cause any harm or alarm for my colleagues at Babson, my beloved alma mater, and the place where I have enjoyed teaching students and serving as its sustainability director", the newspaper reports.

Phansey received a master's degree in business administration in 2008 from Babson College, a private business school in Wellesley, Massachusetts, near Boston, that has a student population of about 3,000.

Phansey got his MBA from Babson and also taught there as an adjunct professor, according to his LinkedIn biography.

Adjunct lecturers are included in the faculty profiles section of Babson College's website, and Phansey was scheduled to teach a course in the coming semester. "Babson College condemns any type of threatening words and/or actions condoning violence and/or hate". Babson insisted that Asheen Phansey's post on his personal Facebook page does not represent the values of the college. "As an American, born and raised, I was trying to juxtapose our "cultural sites" with ancient Iranian churches and mosques", the apology read. "The professor's post⁠ is obvious rhetorical hyperbole and can not reasonably be read as a threat, incitement, or even a honest endorsement of violence", Steinbaugh said in a statement.

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Babson College announced yesterday that Phansey was no longer employed by the college, as a result of the investigation into his Facebook post.

"I am disappointed and saddened that Babson has chose to abruptly terminate my 15-year relationship with the college just because people willfully misinterpreted a joke I made to my friends on Facebook". "In addition to my own situation, I am really anxious about what this means for our ability as Americans to engage in a political discourse without assuming the worst of each other".

Babson declined to comment Saturday. Phansey was sacked on Friday, according to a statement from the school.

The next day, the college issued another statement, saying that a "thorough investigation" had concluded and that Phansey was out of a job.

"I say it was a pretext because they fired him to stop criticizing social media", Pyle said.

Yet, Phansey may be the first administrator to be disciplined for his Facebook posts. "I think that makes it doubly unfortunate that Babson couldn't defend him when some of the vitriol thrown his way was of that nature".

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