BREAKING: Purdue staff member who harassed pro-life students resigns
Purdue University staff member Jamie Newman resigned from his position on Monday after refusing to issue a “full apology” for alleged online rape threats made at pro-life women.
Campus Reform initially broke the story that Newman posted a string of controversial comments on Purdue Students for Life’s (PSL) Facebook page, and then allegedly posted a comment on Live Action News threatening to rape the “wife/daughter/great grandmother” of another commenter on the site.
“Oh, I’m sorry. So, let me make my intentions quite explicit: I did in fact offer to rape Tom’s wife/daughter/great grandmother. Free of charge, even. I’m generous that way. Here’s the number for the West Lafayette Police Department: 765-775-5500. Here’s the number for the local FBI office: 765-435-5619. Drop that dime! I could strike at any minute. *giggles* (like a girl),” Newman allegedly wrote.
The university police department launched an investigation on Thursday morning but concluded the investigation that same evening after it found insufficient evidence to terminate Newman.
As a result of the controversy, Purdue’s attorney Steve Schultz asked Newman to issue a “full apology and explanation” in a statement obtained by Campus Reform in which Schultz calls “Newman’s obnoxious rhetoric” an “embarrassment for Purdue.”
But Newman refused to apologize and even asked the university to apologize to him.
“If anything, you owe me an apology — indeed, you should probably be begging my forgiveness — for facilitating the dissemination of fabricated and defamatory statements about me, and for failing to vehemently denounce the effort made of Students For Life to destroy my life and career. I'm not planning to hold my breath waiting for one,” Newman wrote in an email to Schultz.
On Monday morning, Purdue told Campus Reform the university accepted Newman’s resignation as the “appropriate outcome.”
“Jamie Newman, a part-time staff member at Purdue University, has resigned from his position, effective immediately on Feb. 15, 2016. The University has accepted the resignation and believes this is the appropriate outcome,” Purdue’s statement read.
Newman confirmed his resignation with the Lafayette Journal and Courier.
“Yeah, I just quit,” Newman said. “Tell the world.”
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