Prof Suspended for 'Hitman' Facebook Quip

University says allusion to violence had to be taken seriously
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2010 5:43 AM CST
"Does anyone know where I can find a very discrete hitman?" Gadsden wrote in an update she thought was private. "Yes, it's been that kind of day."   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – A fed-up sociology professor who joked about wanting to hire a hitman for troublesome students has become yet another employee facing Facebook fallout. Gloria Gadsden's bosses at Pennsylvania's Stroudsburg University put her on indefinite leave after a student told them about her update reading "Does anyone know where I can find a very discrete hitman? Yes, it's been that kind of day," and another saying: "Had a good day today. DIDN'T want to kill even one student."

The university says it has an obligation to take all threats seriously. "I was just having a bad day, and I was venting to family and friends," Gadsden told ABC News. "My friends and family knew I was being facetious. They knew I wasn't targeting anyone." Gadsden says she didn't realize that changes to Facebook privacy settings meant that her status updates could be viewed by people other than her family and friends.

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