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Wayne State University has suspended an English professor for a social media post that allegedly called for violence, The Detroit Free Press reported.

The university announced the suspension but did not identify the professor.

President Roy Wilson said, “The post stated that rather than ‘shouting down’ those with whom we disagree, one would be justified to commit murder to silence them … We have on many occasions defended the right of free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but we feel this post far exceeds the bounds of reasonable or protected speech. It is, at best, morally reprehensible and, at worst, criminal.”

The suspension will continue until an investigation by law enforcement is completed.

The Free Press said the post in question was “Although I do not advocate violating federal and state criminal codes, I think it is far more admirable to kill a racist, homophobic or transphobic speaker than it is to shout them down.”