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Professor Banned for Saying He'd Shoot Students

September 26, 2019

Wagner College banned an associate professor of psychology from campus indefinitely for making threatening remarks against students, according to The website, which identified the professor as Richard Brower, reported that he told students in one class of their peers in another class, “If I had a gun, I would shoot every one of them in the head.”

Wagner sent a notice to students Wednesday, saying, “According to the accounts of several students, a professor made disturbing remarks of a violent nature yesterday afternoon during a class.” The college said it took immediate action to escort the professor off campus, suspend him and bar him from returning. A local police spokesperson confirmed that authorities are investigating. Brower did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty, Reporter, covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was military editor at the Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. Before that, she covered government and land use issues for the Greenwich Time and Hersam Acorn Newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. 

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