October 30th, 2014
Bergen Community College may have violated a professor’s constitutional
rights in January when it sanctioned him for posting a photo online of
his daughter wearing a “Game of Thrones” T-shirt that read, “I will take
what is mine with fire & blood,” the college said in a letter to
The Sept. 29 letter to Francis Schmidt, an art and 3-D animation
professor, was posted online Tuesday by the Foundation for Individual
Rights in Education. The foundation helped Schmidt secure a lawyer.
Schmidt posted the picture of his daughter on Jan. 12 on Google+,
sharing it with his social media contacts, one of whom was a dean at the
college. He said he was called before college officials the next day,
who questioned him to determine if the photo represented a threat
against the dean.