No Disciplinary Action from Univ. of Tennessee for Instapundit over Charlotte Riots Tweet

Charlotte Riot (Chuck Burton / Associated Press)
Chuck Burton / Associated Press

University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds, creator of the Instapundit blog, will not receive disciplinary action for his tweets relating to Charlotte protestors, The College Fix reports.

Reynolds was banned from Twitter for retweeting a video of protesters in Charlotte, North Carolina, blocking cars on the freeway with the caption “Run them down,” Reynolds’ Twitter account was reinstated once he agreed to delete the offending tweet, however the incident was brought to the attention of the University of Tennessee, which was forced to decide whether or not to take action against Reynolds.

Dean Melanie Wilson of the university said, “I discussed the situation with Professor Reynolds, university leadership, and General Counsel. I also sought feedback from College of Law students, staff, faculty, the Alumni Council and Dean’s Circle, and other UT Law alumni.”

“As a lawyer and a law school dean, I know that gathering information and upholding the principles of due process are absolutely necessary in a situation like this,” she continued. “In short, no disciplinary action will be taken against Professor Reynolds. The tweet was an exercise of his First Amendment rights. Nevertheless, the tweet offended many members of our community and beyond, and I understand the hurt and frustration they feel.”

Reynolds apologised in a public email to the College of Law Community which can be read hereDean Wilson’s full statement can be read here.

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