The situation “had gained enough attention for ‘the potential to create an environment that is disruptive to our mission.'”
Kirkwood Community College Professor Jeff Klinzman resigned after the school decided to remove him after he told a local news outlet, “I am Antifa.”
From Campus Reform:
Kirkwood Community College President Lori Sundberg released a statement Friday saying that the college accepted Jeff Klinzman’s resignation, according to a press release obtained by Campus Reform. However, Sundberg went on to reference the college’s “decision to remove Mr. Klinzman from the classroom,” suggesting that Klinzman’s resignation was not voluntary.
“With the safety of our students, faculty, and staff as our top concern, we made the decision this morning to identify an instructor who will take over the one course that Mr. Klinzman was to have taught this semester,” Sundberg stated. “We have spoken with Mr. Klinzman this afternoon about this matter and have accepted his resignation.”
Sundberg said that while the decision “may be supported by some,” it will also be “criticized by others,” and went on to explain that the issue surrounding Klinzman had gained enough attention for “the potential to create an environment that is disruptive to our mission.”
The community college, however, clearly said that it supports Klinzman’s “right to articulate his views in whatever forum he chooses,” and explained that his resignation was submitted because community members perceived Klinzman to place “public safety in jeopardy.”
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