Trayvon Martin verdict means it’s now legal to ‘hunt down and kill’ American kids, writes prof

Timothy Dionisopoulos
Former Reporter

  • Prof is the director of the honors program
  • "Gun manufacturers... marijuana users are challenging the very fabric of the nation."
  • UMD Prof William Dorland - www.honors.umd.edu.

    A professor at the University of Maryland (UMD) suggested in email to his students last month that the Trayvon Martin ruling in Florida means it is now perfectly legal in the United States to hunt-down and kill American children.

    “This year, we learned that it is legal to hunt down and kill American children in Florida,” wrote UMD Professor and Honors College Executive Director William Dorland, in an email to students on the honors college sent on September 4, according to Fox News.

    "Radical factions of gun owners, gun manufacturers, and marijuana users are challenging the very fabric of the nation."   

    UMD Prof William Dorland.

    In the email Dorland also claimed gun owners and marijuana users were causing an activist Supreme Court to reconsider settled issues.

    “This year, the most activist Supreme Court in the history of the United States and radical factions of gun owners, gun manufacturers, and marijuana users are challenging the very fabric of the nation,” he added.

    The remark was apparently in regards the acquittal of George Zimmerman, of murder charges of Florida-youth Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman said he shot Martin in self defense.

    The email was sent out as an advertisement for a symposium titled “Civil War to Civil Rights: The Well Being of a Nation” which is part of a year-long series of speakers who focus on such issues.

    Crystal Brown, a spokesperson for UMD, sent an official school statement to Campus Reform through email defending Dorland's right to free speech.

    “The University of Maryland affirms every individual’s 1st Amendment Rights, including freedom of speech.  The sentiments issued by Professor Dorland reflect his personal point of view, not those of the university,” she wrote.

    Calls for comment by Campus Reform to Professor Dorland were not returned in time for publication.

    THE TEXT OF DORLAND'S MESSAGE TO STUDENTS:

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    Timothy Dionisopoulos

    Timothy Dionisopoulos

    Former Reporter
    Tim Dionisopoulos is a former reporter for Campus Reform and communications editor in the Leadership Institute's Campus Leadership Program. Tim joined Campus Reform in the summer of 2011, and his stories were cited or re-posted on the Daily Mail, the Drudge Report, Fox News, and other national media outlets. Tim graduated in 2011 from Providence College in Rhode Island where he was politically active on campus and in the community.
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