College professor sacked for saying ‘hang queers’, not flags

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A business professor has lost his job after writing on Facebook that gays should be hanged.

Rick Coupland, a business professor from St Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario, was investigated after he made the comments on Facebook.


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He was complaining about the city of St Petersburg, Florida, which flew the rainbow flag for Pride.

Sharing an article about the flag, he wrote: “It’s the queers they should be hanging, not the flag ….”

After being investigated by the college, as a former student screengrabbed the comments and made a formal complaint, it was yesterday announced that Coupland was “no longer an employee”.

Before he knew his fate, the professor wrote on Twitter that he had been summoned to work with a representative, saying: “Please pray for me and my job,”

The college’s director of marketing and communications, Kelly Wiley, said: “We have several policies that apply to the conduct of our employees.

“This includes the fact that we adhere to the Ontario Human Rights Code, we also have harassment policies, a policy around outside activities of college employees, and our collective agreement.”