Professor avoids disciplinary action from school for tweet

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The University of Tennessee’s law school dean says a professor will not face disciplinary action for a Twitter post that called on drivers to run over demonstrators blocking traffic in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In a post on the law school’s website, Dean Melanie D. Wilson said the tweet “was an exercise” of the professor’s First Amendment rights, according to media reports. Wilson added the tweet “offended many members of our community and beyond, and I understand the hurt and frustration they feel.”

The law school began an investigation after law professor Glenn Reynolds posted “Run them down,” in response to news about protesters on the interstate. Reynolds also writes newspaper columns.

Wilson said the investigation included “an examination of the facts, policies in the university’s Faculty Handbook, and the law.”