TAMPA, Fla. – A sociology professor at the University of Tampa was fired Tuesday after his ruthless tweet Sunday. The professor suggested that Texans deserved Hurricane Harvey because of their support for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election, reported Fox News.
University spokesman Eric Cardenas said in a statement that Kenneth Storey was fired. This action followed the school weathering (no pun intended) an outpouring of online outrage over the comments.
University officials indicated that other faculty members in the sociology department would take over Storey’s classes.
“We condemn the comments and the sentiment behind them, and understand the pain this irresponsible act has caused,” the school said in a statement to the University of Tampa community. “As Floridians, we are well aware of the destruction and suffering associated with tropical weather. Our thoughts and prayers are with all impacted by Hurricane Harvey.”
Storey tweeted Sunday: “I don’t believe in instant Karma but this kinda feels like it for Texas,” according to Campus Reform. “Hopefully this will help them realize the GOP doesn’t care about them.”
Prof suggests Texans deserve hurricane for supporting Trump https://t.co/9i0fY174bm
— Campus Reform (@campusreform) August 28, 2017
The responses to the tweet via Campus Reform excoriated Storey. One said, “Now THAT’s instant karma,” referring to his firing. Another one by the Conservatarians can be viewed below, since words cannot adequately describe the metaphoric image directed at Storey.
“Hey, Professor Dipwad,” it begins followed by the comical image. pic.twitter.com/7Chy913shS
— Conservitarians (@Conservitarians) August 29, 2017
Responding to a commenter who pushed back on the tweet, Storey reportedly wrote: “Well, the good people there need to do more to stop the evil their state pushes. I’m only blaming those who support the GOP there.”
The commenter asked Storey if Trump supporters in Florida deserved a similar fate.
“Yep, those who voted for him here deserve it as well.”
As you can see, the heart of this man was revealed over and over. His wishful foreboding was repulsive.
After the tweet began making waves on social media, the professor finally recognized his behavior was intolerable; or he simply realized his job was on the line? As a result, he tweeted Monday afternoon: “I deeply regret a statement I posted yesterday. I never meant to wish ill will upon any group. I hope all affected by Harvey recover quickly.”
The man referred to as “the absent-minded professor” ultimately deleted the original tweet, according to Campus Reform.
Harvey has been blamed for as many as 15 deaths including six family members who were believed to have drowned when their van was swept away by floodwaters.
The storm has shattered rain records and dumped more than 52 inches of rain in parts of Texas. Search and rescue crews have literally been life savers to thousands of people left stranded by the storm.
(Photo: Kenneth Story LinkedIn)