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BREAKING: University professor who suggested Harvey was karma for Texas Republicans has been fired.

Winter Park-based Tampa professor fired after Hurricane Harvey 'karma' tweet-


Orlando Sentinel:

A visiting assistant professor at the University of Tampa was fired Tuesday after describing the destruction from Hurricane Harvey as “instant karma” for Texans who voted Republican last year, the school said.
Kenneth Storey, whose LinkedIn profile says he lives in Winter Park and who also teaches at Hillsborough Community College, ignited online outrage Sunday, amid reports of the destruction in Houston.
“I dont believe in instant karma but this kinda feels like it for Texas. Hopefully this will help them realize the GOP doesnt care about them,” Storey posted to Twitter, according to screen captures by other Twitter users and conservative websites.
Storey has since deleted the tweet and responses defending it to other users.


According to TampaBay.com, he said he was “only blaming those who support the GOP,” though “the good people there need to do more to stop the evil their state pushes.”
On Monday night, an apology was posted to the account: “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.”


Storey, a University of Central Florida graduate who teaches sociology, did not respond to a reporter’s direct message seeking further comment Tuesday.
The University of Tampa on Monday night posted a statement on Facebook condemning Storey’s comments and “the sentiment behind them,” but noted they were posted to a private account and “not made within his capacity as a faculty member.”


That statement made no reference to Storey’s future role with the university — but, in another release Tuesday, the university said Storey “has been relieved of his duties at UT, and his classes will be covered by other sociology faculty.”
“As Floridians, we are well aware of the destruction and suffering associated with tropical weather,” the statement said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all impacted by Hurricane Harvey.”
Hillsborough Community College did not fire Storey. Spokeswoman Ashley Carl said the school was “limited in our ability to take action,” as his Twitter account is not affiliated with the school, though she added officials there “addressed the matter” with Storey.
“We abhor and strongly condemn the intolerance conveyed towards those suffering in Houston as expressed in Mr. Storey’s post,” Carl said in a statement Tuesday.
A group that fights for academic freedom told the Tampa Bay Times that it is investigating UT’s firing of Storey.
“Many universities seem to decide, ‘Well, it’s not worth the trouble of sticking up for our faculty members’ rights,’ and that’s troubling,” said Ari Cohn, an attorney with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. “The University of Tampa’s own policies say faculty members retain their rights to speak as private citizens, which is exactly what Ken Storey seems to have done.”

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