California State University, Fresno closed Tuesday its investigation into the professor who called former first lady Barbara Bush an “amazing racist” and said she is “happy the witch is dead.”
Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro asserted that English professor Randa Jarrar did not violate any of the school’s policy with her remarks, reported the Foundation for Individual Rights In Education (FIRE).
“Professor Jarrar’s conduct was insensitive, inappropriate and an embarrassment to the university,” the president noted, but went on to state the professor’s conduct “did not violate any CSU or university policies and that she was acting in a private capacity and speaking about a public matter on her personal Twitter account.”
“Professor Jarrar will remain on leave through the Spring semester, which she had previously requested before this incident,” continued Castro.
The president did not address comments in which Jarrar tacitly endorsed hijacking planes and throwing grenades into the houses of political opponents, as can be seen in the video below.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Fresno State about these remarks but received no comment in time for press.
“Americans may face a variety of social consequences for making political statements that others find offensive or upsetting,” FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program director Ari Cohn said. “But official punishment by an agency of the government like Fresno State is not, and must not become, one of those consequences, regardless of the views being expressed.”
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