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College Professor Joked about Shooting Class with an AK-47 Assault Rifle

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A college professor was suspended from is teaching job in 2005 after a joke that didn’t go off too well.

Norman I. Eckel, a tenured professor at Bowling Green State University’s school of business, allegedly quipped he would shoot students who arrived late for class. Eckel disputed his eight-month suspension and an Ohio appeals court ruled in his favor, according to Inside Higher Ed.

The Court of Claims of Ohio reportedly ordered the University to pay Eckel $90,000 in back pay and damages.

On Feb 1, 2005, Eckel allegedly told a student who arrived to his class with only 15 minutes left in the period to leave, according to court documents obtained by Higher Ed.

Eckel then allegedly addressed his class, pointed his fingers like a gun to his head and said “duh, shoot you guys.” According to the plaintiff, he told his students he would shoot the whole class with his AK-47, and “two clips ought to do it,” according to court documents.

Eckel has since retired from the university.

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