published on May 11, 2017 - 11:10 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Fresno State lecturer Lars Maischak has issued an apology for the “tone and content of my statements” made on social media calling for Pres. Donald Trump to be hanged.

Maischak has also deleted his twitter account “to preclude the possibility that anyone reading my statements in the future would take them as encouragement to act violently or unlawfully,” Fox 26 news reported.

The apology comes two days after Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro announced a review of the lecturer’s social media statements to determine if they were made as a private citizen or representative of the university.

Castro also called described the tweets as containing “violent and threatening language” that is “inconsistent with the core values of our University.”

“My statements each represent the end point of a dark train of thought trigged by my despair over the actions of the present U.S. government,” Maischak wrote in a statement. “This is what I meant by calling them ‘dark predictions.’” It felt cathartic at the time to write them down.”

“With 28 followers on twitter at the time, I never expected them to be read by anyone but a close circle of acquaintances who would know to place them in their context.”

The tweets were first publicly reported over the weekend by Breitbart news.

Castro issued a statement after Maischak made his apology.

“I appreciate Dr. Maischak’s apology and willingness to take accountability for the statements made on his Twitter account. In his note to me, Dr. Maischak reiterated that it was not his intent to incite violence or harm others, however, Fresno State has a responsibility to continue a review of the situation. As previously stated, the University takes this matter seriously and is handling it in accordance with applicable law, policy and the requirements of the faculty collective bargaining unit agreement.”

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