Northwestern State University responds to faculty member’s incendiary Facebook comment regarding unvaccinated people
Northwestern State University published the following statement on Aug. 2 in response to screenshots of a comment made on Facebook by a faculty member:
Social media messages from Northwestern personnel who are not authorized to speak on behalf of the university should not be considered a reflection of the views or position of the institution.
The university recognizes that many issues related to the global pandemic are divisive, and the institution respects the rights of all individuals to freedom of expression even on such challenging issues as those surrounding the COVID crisis. The university will continue its exhaustive endeavors to help assure the health, safety and wellbeing of the campus and community during this new surge of the virus.
The comment read:
It is so infuriating that those selfish people who refused to get vaccinated let the Delta variant incubate among them, and now we are all in danger again. We just learned that our university must be masked again this fall and I imagine all social gatherings will again be cancelled. At this point, vicious as it sounds, I wouldn’t care if every unvaccinated person died.
While the comment was removed by the faculty member soon after it was posted, the damage was done. The last sentence of the comment had people asking the following questions of the university:
What college employs a teacher who publicly states they wish death on unvaccinated people?
How can someone who believes this and is bold enough to post it be responsible for the education of our students?
Will the safety of unvaccinated students be insured?
Is the faculty member going to be reprimanded?
To report an issue or typo with this article – CLICK HERE