Professor's Response to Twitter Slur Goes Viral

August 30, 2016

The fall semester has just started but Eric Mendenhall, an assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, already has schooled the Twitterverse on how to shut down slurs. Mendenhall said a student who had just followed him on Twitter posted that "My genetics teachers is a faggot." Believing the comment to be about him, the professor had this to say: 

The short exchange quickly gained attention and has since been retweeted nearly more than 19,000 times. Others tweeted Mendenhall messages of support. 


Mendenhall declined additional comment, and asked that the student's name not be shared. The student also declined comment via Twitter, citing his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, "on the advice of counsil [sic]." His account is now private.

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