Professor Suspended Online Photo Containing Quote from Game of Thrones
A New Jersey professor claims he was suspended over an online photo containing a quote from “Game of Thrones” that he says a school official perceived as a threat.
Francis Schmidt, who teaches art and animation at Bergen Community College, says he was suspended for eight days after posting a photo in January of his 7-year-old daughter wearing a T-shirt with a quote from the graphic HBO show that read: “I will take what is mine with fire and blood.”
Schmidt said school officials questioned whether the reference was meant as a threat against a dean, who was one of the people who viewed the post on Schmidt’s Google Plus social media feed.
The school has been embroiled in labor negotiations and Schmidt said he wondered if his suspension had to do with him filing a grievance after being denied a sabbatical about two months prior to the incident.