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    Johns Hopkins Prof Fired After Clashing With Student Protesters Has No Regrets

    Johns Hopkins Prof Fired After Clashing With Student Protesters Has No Regrets

    “I’ll tell you this, though: whatever happens, I will never apologize and I will never back down.”

    It’s a shame more professors don’t stand up to campus protesters in the way this one did.

    Inside Higher Ed reports:

    Sorry, Not Sorry

    Johns Hopkins University terminated a nontenured associate research professor of speech and language processing who broke into a student sit-in earlier this year with bolt cutters. He says his counterprotest was supposed to be nonviolent and that he wanted to access servers in the occupied building. But protesters accused him of attacking them, and the university says that whatever happened, he put students in danger.

    The professor, Daniel Povey, shared his notice letter on his website last week — along with the news that he’s leaving Baltimore for a job in industry and is definitely not sorry.

    “I am aware that some people are trying to ‘cancel’ me and get me fired from my next job. See if I care!” he said in a lengthy post. “I’ll tell you this, though: whatever happens, I will never apologize and I will never back down.”

    The “normal script is that I am supposed to get down on my knees and say ‘Please accept me back into your midst, liberal America! I accept that I was wrong,’” he said, adding, “No way. Fuck you.”

    Povey further accused student and local protesters of lying about what actually happened inside Garland Hall at Hopkins on day 35 of the overall protest, about a week after they forced a shutdown of Hopkins’s main administrative building and chained themselves to walls, railings and staircases. In reality, Povey wrote, he was attacked — not the other way around.

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    redc1c4 | August 12, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    good for him.

    In another life, I might want to buy this guy a beer.


     
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    CincyJan | August 12, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    I read on another web site that he was desperate to get to the computer servers for which he was responsible. In any case, his story of being attacked is more believable than the idiot students eager to play Woke Justicce Warrior. You know, organizing this kind of thing, which is very close to using force to get one’s own way, doesn’t really prepare you for a job in industry. And justs how many “community organizers” does the country need???


     
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    HImmanuelson | August 12, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    Day 35 of the protest? Every one of those kids should have been arrested and then expelled. Some college administrations are just spineless.

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