Even the New York Times is covering the purge.
When student reporters at Mount St. Maryâ€™s University, a small Catholic institution in Maryland, published an article in January that quoted the universityâ€™s president likening struggling freshmen to bunnies that should be drowned, they knew it might get a big reaction.
It finally came this week, it appears â€” in the form of a pink slip for the faculty adviser of the campus newspaper.
The university informed the adviser, Ed Egan, that he had been disloyal and was now fired, a move seen by many on the campus in Emmitsburg as a retaliatory strike.
The decision, along with other recent punishments of faculty members at Mount St. Maryâ€™s, has triggered outrage well beyond its rural campus in northern Maryland, earning condemnation from thousands of academics across the country as well as national monitors of academic and journalistic freedom.
The report said that the administration was planning to cull struggling freshmen from the institution as part of an effort to improve retention numbers â€” a big factor in rankings published in outlets like U.S. News & World Report â€” and that the universityâ€™s president, Simon Newman, had used disturbing language to sell the idea to a skeptical professor last fall.
â€œThis is hard for you because you think of the students as cuddly bunnies, but you canâ€™t,â€ Mr. Newman is quoted as saying. â€œYou just have to drown the bunnies.â€
He added, â€œPut a Glock to their heads.”