Massachusetts – A professor from Babson College, a business school based out of Wellesley, Massachusetts, was initially suspended and then eventually fired from his position after creating a post on Facebook asking Iran to launch an attack against America.
While the professor claimed it was a failed attempt at edgy humor, it looks like the college wanted nothing to do with jokes of that gravity.
College Professor Asheen Phansey was initially suspended earlier this week from his post at Babson College, after he encouraged Iran to detail 52 American cultural sites that they would consider bombing. In his post on Facebook, he made some suggestions regarding the potential targets like the Mall of American or the Kardashian residence.
Based upon a report by the New York Post, Phansey functioned as the Babson College Director of Sustainability. When Phansey posted the encouragement of violence against America, it was clear that it was in response to President Donald Trump’s Twitter post where the president mentioned that the United States was targeting 52 Iranian sites in response to threats from Iranian officials.
The tweet by the president on January 4th read: “Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have….targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats!”
When Phansey took to Facebook to try and parody the tweet from Trump, you can see the obvious parallels between the subject matter and verbiage. Whether an attempt at humor or not, there’s nothing really funny about suggesting acts of terror against the United States:
“In retaliation, Ayatollah Khomenei [sic] should tweet a list of 52 sites of beloved American cultural heritage that he would bomb. Um… Mall of America? Kardashian residence?”
The college was swift to react to the egregious posting online, immediately suspending the faculty member upon discovery.
The school strongly condemned Phansey’s post in a statement following his suspension:
“Babson College condemns any type of threatening words and/or actions condoning violence and/or hate. This particular post from a staff member on his personal Facebook page clearly does not represent the values and culture of Babson College.”
The tarnished professor made an attempt at an apology regarding the post, describing it as a failed conveyance of humor. He went on the defensive, saying that it was never meant to be an actual threat against the United States:
“I regret my bad attempt at humor. As an American, born and raised, I was trying to juxtapose our ‘cultural sites’ with ancient Iranian churches and mosques. I am completely opposed to violence and would never advocate it by anyone. I am sorry that my sloppy humor was read as a threat. I condemn all acts of violence.”
It looks like Phansey’s apology failed as bad as his “joke” on Facebook. What started out as a paid leave for the professor escalated into a full-blown termination. Babson College released a statement this past Thursday stating the following:
“Babson College conducted a prompt and thorough investigation related to a post shared on a staff member’s personal Facebook page that does not represent the values and culture of the College. Based on the results of the investigation, the staff member is no longer a Babson College employee.”
Apparently Phansey was so taken aback by the decision that he couldn’t even muster up the courage to deliver his own statement. A spokesman representing Phansey stated the following on his behalf, after getting word of the dismissal:
“I am disappointed and saddened that Babson has decided to abruptly terminate my 15-year relationship with the college just because people willfully misinterpreted a joke I made to my friends on Facebook.”
Since the airstrike against Iran, a number of people have been arrested or investigated for making threats against the president and against America. Just check out what happened in Florida on Thursday.
A Florida security guard has been charged with making threats against the president of the United States after he allegedly posted a Facebook Live video, authorities said.
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In the video, Chauncy Devonte Lump, 26, had a towel on his head “in the style of a turban,” wore white cream on his face and had Middle Eastern music playing in the background as he repeatedly asked where he could find President Donald Trump, according to authorities.
Lump was taken into custody by the U.S. Secret Service and Broward County sheriff’s deputies outside his apartment around 2 a.m. Saturday, according to federal and local law enforcement officials.
He is scheduled to appear before federal U.S. Magistrate Judge Lurana S. Snow in Fort Lauderdale at 1 p.m. the 10th.
The seven-minute, 10-second video was posted to Lump’s Facebook account on Jan. 3, one day after President Trump ordered the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
“I need to find the Donald, because if I don’t find him, I am going to have to blow up Broward County,” Lump allegedly said in the video, according to federal court documents. “So, please tell me where he is; I don’t want to have to blow up the Broward County tonight.”
Lump also allegedly could be seen in the video brandishing a fully loaded AK-47 assault rifle as he made some of the statements, court documents stated.
“Do not play with me, I have AK-47,” Lump allegedly warned. “l have it here, do not play with me, OK. I will come to Broward County tonight.”
Lump allegedly claimed the threats in the video were intended to be a joke.
However, at no point in the video did Lump claim he was joking, court documents said. “ln fact, Lump stated to law enforcement, ‘I shouldn’t have did it in the first place.”’
Court documents said investigators discovered a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic Glock and $800 in cash on Lump, who holds a concealed weapon or firearm license in the state of Florida. He is also a licensed security officer in the state of Florida.
The sheriff’s office said investigators recovered a loaded AK-47 magazine from Lump’s apartment.
President Trump was in Florida at the time of the Facebook Live video.
The security guard now faces federal charges of threatening to kill the president and remained jailed Thursday on $100,000 bond, according to court documents filed this week by the Secret Service.