Following the Hurricane Harvey that recently hit Houston, Texas, a professor of sociology at the University of Tampa, Florida sent an ’instant karma’tweet on Sunday, claiming that got what they ’deserve’ since they had the audacity to have given their votes for President Donald Trump.
“I don’t believe in instant Karma but this kinda feels like it for Texas,” Ken Storey wrote in the original tweet, according to Campus Reform. “Hopefully this will help them realize the GOP doesn’t care about them.”
I deeply regret a statement I posted yesterday. I never meant to wish ill will upon any group. I hope all affected by Harvey recover quickly
— Ken Storey (@klstorey) August 28, 2017
Campus reform noted that Professor Storey elaborated on Twitter after his first post:
“Well, the good people there need to do more to stop the evil their state pushes. I’m only blaming those who support the GOP there,” Storey elaborated, to which the same commenter replied by asking if he thinks the same about Trump supporters in Florida.
“Yep, those who voted for him here deserve it as well,” Storey answered, though he later deleted his Twitter account, but a screenshot of his account confirms that he teaches sociology.
Understandably, once his ignorant, filled-with-hatred-tweet started getting some attention, the professor began tap dancing.
By Monday afternoon, Storey was back on Twitter saying, “I deeply regret a statement I posted yesterday. I never meant to wish ill will upon any group. I hope all affected by Harvey recover quickly.”
His original tweet was soon deleted.
The University told to Fox News that it is separating itself from the professor’s tweet.
Eric Cárdenas, Director of Public Information at The University of Tampa, told Fox News in a statement: “The University of Tampa stands in solidarity with the people impacted by Hurricane Harvey, and our thoughts and prayers are with all involved. The comments made by Kenneth Storey were made via his private social media account. They were not made within his capacity as a faculty member, and they don’t represent the University’s views. The University of Tampa condemns these comments and the sentiment behind them. Storey has publicly apologized for his comments.”
Since Storey is only a “visiting assistant professor”, he is very likely to be fired and it seems he hadn’t been tenured.
However, the university hasn’t spoken about the situation, although according to the school’s statement, they aren’t interested since he wrote it on his private Twitter account.
But we feel obligated to say that the majority of Houston, where some of the worst damage has been done, voted for Hillary Clinton. So, we are wondering whether the good professor thinks Houston “deserves” the suffering for having voted for Hillary?
Well, it turns out that I was right for thinking he may lose his job. Reportedly, the school has fired the professor due to his ignorant tweet, as Mediaite reports.
“We condemn the comments and the sentiment behind them, and understand the pain this irresponsible act has caused. Storey has been relieved of his duties at UT, and his classes will be covered by other sociology faculty,” the school said in a statement