Written by The Business Journal Staff
Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro announced today the university will be reviewing Twitter statements made by a lecturer who wrote “Trump must hang.”
Castro said the review would clarify whether Professor Lars Maischak made the statements about the president as a private citizen, not as a representative of the university.
“Professor Maischak’s personal views and commentary, with its inclusion of violent and threatening language, is obviously inconsistent with the core values of our University,” Castro wrote.
Breitbart first reported the tweets over the weekend, highlighting statements from Maischak spanning back to February.
— Lars Maischak (@LarsMaischak) February 18, 2017
Maischak has continued tweeting after the story broke, writing yesterday that he does not intend to harm Trump nor does he wish anyone to assassinate the president.
The tweets have created an outcry in the local community, with many stating the professor should be fired or investigated.
“Our primary concern is for the safety of our students and with providing a conducive learning environment. We acknowledge that our faculty have an obligation to establish and maintain ethical and professional conduct, inside and outside of the classroom,” Castro wrote in his statement.
“While Fresno State is committed to state and federal constitutional rights of free speech, the content of statements by Dr. Maischak warrants further review and consideration. The review of these and any other statements will be conducted in the context of rights of free expression, but also for potential direct threats of violence that may violate the law.”
Castro added that the university would “fully cooperate” with any investigations conducted by federal officials.