University of Tampa Assistant Sociology professor Kenneth Storey was “relieved of his duties” at the university after a series of tweets that implied the weather catastrophe in Texas was “karma.” University of Tampa professor suggested that Texans deserve the fallout from Hurricane Harvey because of their support for Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
“I don’t believe in instant Karma but this kinda feels like it for Texas,” Ken Storey posted from his personal Twitter account Sunday, according to Campus Reform. “Hopefully this will help them realize the GOP doesn’t care about them.”
From there, Storey only fanned the flames further. Another Twitter user pointed out that the UT professor teaches in a state that also went to President Donald Trump in the 2016 election, quipping, “so we must deserve some bad karma too, right?”
Storey reportedly replied, “Yep, those who voted for him here deserve it as well.”
WOW! Professor at U of Tampa says GOP voters and Houston residents DESERVE #hurricaneharvey because of how they voted — SICK!
The original post, captured by conservative websites Turning Point USA and Campus Reform before it was removed. Both tweets have since been deleted. Late Monday night, Storey apologized on his twitter account saying “I deeply regret a statement I posted yesterday. I never meant to wish ill will upon any group. I hope all affected by Harvey recover quickly.”
In a Facebook post on Tuesday morning, the university said “Storey has been relieved of his duties at UT, and his classes will be covered by other sociology faculty.”The University of Tampa
The following was sent to the University of Tampa community this morning:
On Sunday, Aug. 27, visiting assistant professor of sociology Kenneth Storey made comments on a private Twitter account that do not reflect UT’s community views or values. We condemn the comments and the sentiment behind them, and understand the pain this irresponsible act has caused.
Storey has been relieved of his duties at UT, and his classes will be covered by other sociology faculty.