KINGS POINT, N.Y. (AP) — A United States Merchant Marine Academy professor faces dismissal for joking about the Colorado movie theater shootings in front of his students, including one whose father was among the victims.
The New York Times reports Gregory F. Sullivan has been suspended from his tenured position as humanities instructor.
According to the newspaper, the academy on Kings Point, Long Island, informed Sullivan on Aug. 10 that he had 10 days to contest his dismissal.
According to an internal personnel document, Sullivan told the class: “If someone with orange hair appears in the corner of the room, run for the exit.” He had just turned down the lights to show a documentary.
James Holmes, the suspect in the Colorado shootings, has dyed orange hair.
Sullivan apologized to the students and faculty, but declined to comment to The Times.
This article was provided by The Associated Press. (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)