Add this one to the “so ridiculous it cannot possibly be true” list. Francis Schmidt, a professor at Bergen Community College in New Jersey, was suspended for eight days without pay after school officials noticed a photo of his seven-year-old daughter wearing a t-shirt from the HBO hit show “Game of Thrones” that was shared with his Google+ contacts.
First of all, it is shocking to know that there are people out there who use Google+, but secondly it was the reasoning to suspend Schmidt that was given by the college that is simply mind-blowing.
The t-shirt featured a popular quote from the character Daenerys Targaryen which read, “I will take what is mine with fire and blood.”
That quote apparently sparked fear among school officials that took the photo as a threat because “fire” to them meant they were in danger of a school shooting. That is what they told Schmidt at least.
“I had no idea what to say to that. For God’s sake, I’m a middle-aged art professor. I don’t own any firearms.”
The good news is that Schmidt was reinstated and received back pay for his suspension, which took place earlier this year. At least they were able to get something right.
Schmidt commented on the situation last week and praised the students and his co-workers at the college, but took a little shot at the school administrators.
“I think very highly of the students, faculty and facilities at Bergen Community College,” Schmidt wrote on his Facebook page. “Some of the administrators may need to work on their understanding of popular culture.”
We’d have to agree.
In case you were wondering, here is the “threatening photo” that got Schmidt in hot water in the first place.
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