During the holiday season, a number of charities and organizations across America are hard at work putting care packages together to send to U.S. troops. A professor of constitutional law at Suffolk University, however, described these care packages as “shameful,” among others, in an e-mail to colleagues, something that prompted the resignation of another law professor of the University.
Suffolk University law professor and U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Robert Roughsedge reacted to an e-mail sent by fellow law professor Michael Avery to colleagues. Roughsedge is currently serving in Afghanistan.
In the e-mail, Avery criticized a school-wide drive that hoped to collect supplies meant for sending to troops abroad, calling it “shameful”: “I think it is shameful that it is perceived as legitimate to solicit in an academic institution for support for men and women who have gone overseas to kill other human beings.”
He wrote further that having American troops serve in harm’s way is “not particularly rational in today’s world.”
In response, Roughsedge handed in his resignation on Monday, and said that the e-mail is “hate speech.” Roughsedge told WTXF in a telephone interview that “It’s basically like a 5-year-old throwing a temper tantrum… That is not how we teach our students to rationally look at the issues…We want rational adult discourse and that is not something I would tolerate in my class and it is not something the school should tolerate from one of its professors.”
Suffolk University students and alumni have complained that Aver’s view is not representative of the school community.