Family calls for mercy for prof over shooting joke

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- The family of a man killed in the Aurora theater shooting doesn't want a United States Merchant Marine Academy professor dismissed for a joke he made about the Colorado movie theater shooting.

The mother of Gordon Cowden's children, Melisa Cowden, said Monday that there has been enough pain caused by the tragedy and the family doesn't want to see professor Gregory F. Sullivan or his family suffer over a "single distasteful remark."

Her son attends the academy but she didn't address whether he was in Sullivan's class at the time.

An academy spokeswoman declined comment because of the investigation.

The New York Times reported Sullivan told students before showing a documentary: "If someone with orange hair appears in the corner of the room, run for the exit." He's now on paid administrative leave.

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  • by Scott on Aug 20, 2012 at 04:46 PM
    The Academy is very conscious of its public image. I doubt this professor will face any actual repercussions.
  • by Nun on Aug 20, 2012 at 02:52 PM
    Political correctness run amuck
  • by Anonymous on Aug 20, 2012 at 01:12 PM
    Sounds more like good advice , not a joke.
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      by David on Aug 20, 2012 at 03:34 PM in reply to
      Yeah, I know I've been paying more attention to the goofy looking people lately.
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