By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Duquesne University has fired a professor after a video posted to social media showed him using a racial slur during an online class.READ MORE: Jury Deliberations Continue In Trial Of Sheldon Jeter, Accused In Fatal Shooting Of His Friend Tyric Pugh
Professor Gary Shank was previously placed on paid leave last month after he was heard using the N-word three times and telling students they had permission to use it. Shank said he was only doing so “to demonstrate a point.”READ MORE: Train, Tractor Trailer Collide In Glassport
“To be clear, I believe that there is never a time, pedagogically or otherwise, for a professor to create a hostile learning environment. I know this from my experience as a student, a professor, and now as Interim Dean of the School of Education. Using the ‘N word’ or seemingly encouraging students to use that word is not in keeping with the mission of the University, the School of Education, or the Pennsylvania Department of Education,” School of Education Dean Gretchen Generett said in a letter to students following the incident.MORE NEWS: Man Falls From Roof While Working On Building In South Park
On Wednesday, Shank’s attorney confirmed the firing and said he plans to file a grievance against the university.