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Prof Who Called for Firing People Over Speech is Fired Over Speech

Prof Who Called for Firing People Over Speech is Fired Over Speech

“I have retained an attorney and am exploring my options.”

As you’ll see below, this professor also insisted that cancel culture doesn’t exist.

The College Fix reports:

Professor called for peers to be fired for their speech. Now she’s being fired for her speech.

Lora Burnett has a history of calling for faculty to be punished for their speech and associations.

Economic and political historian Phil Magness emphasized this when I wrote about scrutiny the Collin College history professor was facing for her crude tweets about Vice President Mike Pence.

The Collin administration has now confirmed it won’t renew the untenured scholar’s contract, which ends in May, for not conducting herself “in a professional manner.”

Burnett shared images from the human resources letter she received, which allege she violated “delineated standards of conduct” through her “insubordination, making private personnel issues public that impair the college’s operations, and personal criticisms of co-workers, supervisors, and/or those who merely disagree with you.”

She characterized the firing as retaliation for “mean tweets.”

The Chronicle of Higher Education calls Burnett “perhaps [President Neil] Matkin’s most outspoken critic.” The college also recently let go two professors who organized its chapter of the union-like Texas Faculty Association, one of whom started a public letter against its COVID-19 reopening plan.

Burnett tweeted Thursday night that she was “disappointed but not surprised” at being let go for her free speech, accusing the college of lacking transparency. “I have retained an attorney and am exploring my options.”

She used the incident to repeat her view that her firing was not “cancel culture,” because “there’s no such thing.”


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Dolce Far Niente | February 27, 2021 at 11:42 am

While progressives can never be accused of lacking hubris, they certainly are deficient when it comes to the acknowledgment of irony.

The Friendly Grizzly | February 27, 2021 at 1:10 pm

Not tenured. Contract was not renewed. But, her attorney will, no doubt, milk all the billable hours as possible from this nonsense.

    As long as she’s paying, I wish him… well, the exact opposite of godspeed.

    “She characterized the firing as retaliation for “mean tweets.”

    I’m sure Biden still has some cabinet vacancies for soulmates, doesn’t he? If not, maybe he can give her a brand new position as his Tweet Czar.

    If she can demonstrate that the contract would have been renewed but for her speech, then she has a good case. Government entities are not entitled to make such decisions for such a reason. Her contrary opinion when it was someone else’s speech is not relevant; she may be morally estopped from bringing such a claim, but not legally.

Seems like almost anyone can become a “doctor” these days. The new historians are quite deficient.

Untenured professors usually serve “at will” and can be terminated without cause. Doubt she has a legal leg to stand on.

Not renewing someone’s contract seems to be entirely different from firing them. Either way they are unemployed but there is no right to be re-hired when a contract ends.

    Milhouse in reply to irv. | February 28, 2021 at 11:01 am

    Not when it’s a government entity, and the reason for not renewing the contract is the person’s protected speech.

I’m confused, when was she fired? If her contract isn’t renewed then she was simply not rehired rather than fired. Seems this lecturer believes she is permanently entitled to what is a temporary role.

Don’t be a pain in the butt, lady. Wanna get fired? THAT’S how you get fired.

At the risk of being crude….LMFAO