School 'reassigns' lecturer who bullied conservative student
Graduate teaching assistant Courtney Lawton expressing her opinion of Turning Point USA
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has reassigned a lecturer to non-teaching duties after she harassed a student who was recruiting for the school’s Turning Point USA chapter.
As previously reported by Campus Reform, several university employees, including graduate teaching assistant Courtney Lawton, carried signs and shouted things like “f**k Charlie Kirk” and “TPUSA Nazis” while TPUSA chapter President Katie Mullen stood behind a table inviting students to join her club.
"Our expectations for civility were not met by the lecturer in her behavior toward a student."
Lawton was even recorded on camera yelling “Neo-fascist Becky right here. Wants to destroy public schools, public universities, hates DACA kids,” also giving the middle finger to the camera.
A university spokesperson told Campus Reform that the Graduate Assistant was reassigned to non-teaching duties due to “safety concerns.”
“Our expectations for civility were not met by the lecturer in her behavior toward a student, and not representative of a university where the robust free exchange of ideas takes place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” the university declared.
“While privacy laws prevent us from discussing specific personnel actions, we can say that because of safety concerns raised by this incident, we have removed the lecturer from the classroom and re-assigned her to non-teaching duties,” the statement concludes.
Teaching assistant Maggie Lawton, however, told The Lincoln Journal Star that the reassignment was due to security concerns aimed at her and her students, and was not disciplinary.
“Executive Vice Chancellor Donde Plowman told me I was being removed from the classroom due to a security threat to me and to my students after Turning Point USA publicized the protest and released a troll storm upon the university," said Lawton.
Lawton then added that following the incident during the TPUSA recruitment event, the university "received many hostile emails and threats” regarding her safety.
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