Thursday, October 30, 2014

'Game of Thrones' T-shirt case might have violated prof's rights, Bergen Community College says

North Jersey
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 him.
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.

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