University of Tampa Professor Fired Over Hurricane Tweet

Aug 30, 2017
Originally published on August 30, 2017 8:26 am

The University of Tampa on Tuesday fired a visiting professor who tweeted that Texas was experiencing “instant karma” from the destruction of Hurricane Harvey because the state voted for Republicans.

“I don't believe in instant karma but this kinda feels like it for Texas,” Kenneth Storey, an assistant professor of sociology, tweeted over the weekend. “Hopefully this will help them realize the GOP doesn't care about them.”

Storey deleted his account when the tweet drew national criticism. 

On Tuesday, the university announced that Storey had been relieved of his teaching duties and that other sociology professors will pick up his classes. The university said Storey's remarks did not reflect the “views or values” of the Tampa school.

“We condemn the comments and the sentiment behind them and understand the pain this irresponsible act has caused,” the university said in a statement. “As Floridians, we are well aware of the destruction and suffering associated with tropical weather. Our thoughts and prayers are with all impacted by Hurricane Harvey.”

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