By Danny Gallagher at CoEd.com
Colleges may call themselves institutions of higher learning but they are still just as capable of doing some really dumb things. Take, for instance, the saga of Bergen Community College professor Francis Schmidt who actually received a suspension for posting a picture of his kid wearing a Game of Thrones T-shirt on his Google+ page. Well, he’s not sitting and stewing about in exile. He’s picked up a ridiculously long and sharp broadsword and swinging back at the people who put him there (minus the sword, of course, since that would at least lead to an assault charge).
According to the Huffington Post’s College section, Schmidt, an animation professor at Bergen Community College, has lawyered up and joined forces with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education to fight his unjust suspension over something that’s technically not even a minor infraction. The organization released a statement earlier today calling the school’s actions “outrageous” and announced that they’ve gotten at least one human resources official at the school to admit that the school “may have lacked basis” for enacting its punishment. That simple admission means the college has stepped into a large pool of Constitutional quicksand because doing so may have “potentially violated” his free speech rights, according to the the college’s director of human resources Patti Bonomolo. Rather than face a long and needless legal battle, the school rescinded the suspension and allowed him to return to work.
Who says the little guy doesn’t win anymore? And no, that wasn’t a joke about Peter Dinklage.