Professor Becomes Unhinged on Twitter, School President Apologizes
Assistant Professor Erik Loomis teaches history at the University of Rhode Island. In his spare time, he retweets death threats to conservatives on Twitter.
Loomis caught the attention of Twitchy Tuesday when he retweeted another user's message which read "First fucker to say the solution is for elementary school teachers to carry guns needs to get beaten to death." Loomis also directed a stream of invective at the NRA, calling for Wayne LaPierre's "head on a stick."
This latter comment was later clarified by Loomis "Dear rightwingers, to be clear, I don't want to see Wayne LaPierre dead. I want to see him in prison for the rest of his life." Of course this didn't really explain the comment about beating people to death, nor why a professor has to employ such violent terminology in the first place.
Eventually, the reaction to Loomis' unhinged tweeting became so much that he removed mention of his associations with the University of Rhode Island from his account. Apparently this wasn't enough as he later deleted his entire account, though not before a few of his verbal gems were collected for posterity.
Word of Loomis' behavior apparently reached his employer. Dr. David M. Dooley, the university president, issued a statement on the school's website.
The University of Rhode Island does not condone acts or threats of
violence. These remarks do not reflect the views of the institution and
Erik Loomis does not speak on behalf of the University. The University
is committed to fostering a safe, inclusive and equitable culture that
aspires to promote positive change.
Breitbart News contacted the University to inquire whether Professor Loomis would be subject to any disciplinary action for the incident. The person Breitbart News spoke to wasn't authorized to speak on the matter and refused to say even off the record what they knew about it.