Earlier today, TTAG reported that University of Colorado (CU) Physics Professor Jerry Peterson told a faculty meeting that he’d cancel class the moment he learned of any student [legally] carrying a firearm. According to dailycamera.com, Chancellor Phil DiStefano [above] has disabused Professor Peterson of that notion. “DiStefano notified the Boulder campus faculty Tuesday afternoon that professors ‘do not have the right to shut down a class or refuse to teach’ should they learn that one of their students is lawfully carrying a gun under a concealed-carry permit. And, DiStefano added, any faculty members who do so will be in violation of their contracts and face disciplinary action.” Nothing personal? Of course not . . .
“I have the utmost respect for Professor Peterson, who is an old friend and valued colleague, but I want to make clear that if the student carrying the weapon has a concealed-carry permit, the position implied by Professor Peterson’s comments directly violates Colorado law and the operating principles of the campus,” DiStefano wrote in the e-mail to faculty.
Log this one under “two steps back.” DiStefano’s pee-pee whacking email only stop a prof from kicking out a student exercising his or her legal right to keep and bear arms. There’s still the little matter of the forced segregation of students with firearms into separate living facilities. Watch this space.