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    This type of idiocy comes from the same mentality that suspends kids for making a gun with their fingers or bringing an aspirin to school. It's the one size fits all method, which eliminates the need to think from the equation.
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    One would think that, as an institution of higher learning that teaches (or at least should teach) "free thinking", the administration would have the ability to apply said teachings to real life scenarios.
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    @CaryNickel you're right. And to add to your thought, I think that the main problem stems from the way higher education has "devolved" over the past few decades. Instead of teaching one critical thinking skills, thinking "outside the box", these institutions now are only job training mills, teaching only the skills related to career choice.
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    Overreacted is an understatement. The President should be fired for cause. The professors civil rights were violated and he deserves to collect significant damages because of that. His daughter was wearing the shirt not him. The school has no right to punish one person for the legal actions of another.
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    " The school has no right to punish one person for the legal actions of another. "

    The key words are, "legal actions". However, the school has a problem with any punishment for legal actions by anyone, but it is possible.

    However, another key word here would be "minor". A parent is responsible for his child.

    All that said, the idea that "fire" means AK47 is ludicrous. Why not M16 or AR15 or shotgun? How about RPG?

    As an SF fan I think they pushed that one way too far. Though, he should have included an identifier that it's from GoT, just to give proper credit, still not the school's responsibility.

    You would think the school would take the fact that he is an Art and Animation professor as a hint.

    However, how many of you noticed that the Union supported the prof?

    Until then, Anonymity is your name, Silence your native tongue.

    Oh, credit that, MIB.
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    @BobFromDist9 the shirt has the emblem for GoT right above the words and the Deans and Security Guard could and should have either known or looked into that before assuming the phrase to be a threat.
    No, it's clear that they wanted an excuse to punish Dr. Schmidt because of the grievance he filed against the college.
    Though, their actions are in line with GoT, minus the killings.
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    So we can suspend people for what our children wear? Uh-Oh in a couple months I might be in trouble if I post a picture of my baby on social media. Babies barely wear any clothes, my employer could consider that sexual harassment. Or think naked baby was code for AR-15. The Dean is a ridiculous man.
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    I just adore your twisted but very truthful perspective ironicguy. Excellent depiction of the ignorant "logic" used by the college dean ROFLMAO!!
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    If you post pictures of your baby sans clothing, you could be arrested for propagating kiddie porn. Just sayin'.(double facepalm ... WTF is happening to the human race?)
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    @Denizen_Kate -Quite simply practically everyone depends on technology more than they depend on each other. So many of the populace have become robots, slaves to the machine and materialistic world. It's getting to where there's very little humanity or humanitarianism left. If we don't kill ourselves by continuing to destroy the environment, certainly our arrogance and apathy will.
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    Thanks to the one vote up, but I'm even more thankful for the vote down. The votes down prove my point about arrogance and apathy. What's really sad is that much of the arrogance and apathy is expressed by "Christians" who deny established scientific facts because they think that science is an invention of man and can't be trusted over their faith in God not even realizing science has always existed as an instrument of God. Once again I thank the person for the vote up, but how many more votes down may I get to further prove my point about the powerful message of arrogance and apathy so many people are persisting to express?
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    Zero tolerance policies were drafted by and for weak leaders who feel incapable of making a decision and defending that position. It's far easier for them to hide behind bureaucracy.
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    @NormalFlora The real reason is this kind of legislation comes from grieving parents who start writing letters to congress wanting something anything done even if it does not help and legislators are always looking for reasons to garner votes so they jump on the bandwagon instead of using common sense....law makers are such cowards.
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    Good Lord, more PC idiocy. It is a TV series, get over it!
    How about they put that President on unpaid leave and require a Psych eval priot to his return.
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    I'm getting the impression that the suspension was more politically motivated than just an over reaction. Respect for the diversity of thought should be a goal all colleges.
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    Yes but no more than other education systems and schools where children have been suspended for wearing US Flag shirts or NRA shirts. We are becoming a nation of politically correct idiots with no common sense and even less backbone.
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    You do realize that by wearing the us flag on clothing, the kids would be breaking the us flag code.
    Maybe, just maybe, the school is attempting to teach proper respect for the flag.
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    @mtkopf -It's also highly dependent on how the flag is depicted on the shirt. All of the proper means of displaying the flag on clothing are described in the Boy Scout Handbook. Did you know if you have a depiction of the flag on the front of a shirt with the stripes vertical the canton has to be on the left? If the depiction is with the stripes horizontal the canton is to be on the right.
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    @FilthyLiberal those may be the BSoA rules, but there are no actual rules for depictions of flags on clothing (unless you are talking about a patch or pin).

    http://www.legion.org/flag/questions-answers/...

    http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/4/8

    http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf...

    (i) The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.

    (j) No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.
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    I wish I believed that the reason they do it is out of respect for the flag but in the case I was referring to in California the school did it because the Vice-Principal thought that the Mexican students would be offended because it was on some Mexican Holiday.
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    Looks like freedom of speech and expression means nothing to the dean of Bergen Community College. We all know a 'Certain Someone' who likes the series "Breaking Bad" a little too much.....Here's a code word to the dean B+!!$#*%...
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    The president should be thankful the guy's daughter was just wearing at shirt - and is not an actual character from GoT. 😀
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    While stupidity abounds in the general population it appears to be entrenched in the "education" administration!
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    "One security guard insisted that "fire" might actually be a codeword for "AK-47."

    That security guard is the one who should make school officials nervous.
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    People in authority are making paranoically-preemptive searches for ANYTHING that might give them future grief. They're afraid that when the shite hits the fan and the pundits begin pouring over the minutiae, they'll spot something and go "well, THAT should have been a red flag right THERE!!" They figure if they cover every possible base, they'll be blameless (legally and financially) in the hail of carnage.
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    Friday night I was researching something I saw on Pinterest, of all places, and it took me to a Facebook page and a link for a video. I clicked the video and nearly threw the computer across the room. Some asshole had a cat apparently covered in gasoline and he threw a match on it. The vision of that cat rolling around and dying in sheer agony will never mind and, animal lover that I am, I was crying and nearly in hysterics. My husband had to console me and tell me that horrible people exist, but what I saw on FACEBOOK was unbelievable.

    So if this kind of sh*t can be allowed on social media, what this professor did was completely harmless and not even noteworthy, much less being suspended from his job for.
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    @BobSmith

    There are a lot of sick idiots in this world and the internet has opened up a whole new world for them. Like the women who film themselves half naked and stomping kittens and baby rabbits to death because there are lunatics who get off on stuff like this.

    Sometimes it's hard to keep a level perspective when it comes to people.
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    I'm so sorry you saw that, both my sister and I were shocked to read your post about some sick person doing that to a helpless cat.
    That sort of person would not stop at cats and should be investigated to see if they've moved up to people.
    I hope you reported them to FaceBook, as it's clearly a violation of their rules of conduct.
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    Did they consider this "Kiddie Porn"? And they need a new security guard who doesn't understand firearms. "Fire" in this case is what they tried to do to the Prof's employment.
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