WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA: Laura Mullen, former Wake Forest University professor who resigned from her position following controversial remarks on the Israel-Hamas conflict, expresses her sense of abandonment by the institution who formerly employed him, according to the Daily Mail.
Mullen, who serves as the Kenan Professor of Humanities in Wake Forest’s Department of English and Creative Writing, received harsh criticism after his provocative tweets approving the terrorist attack in Israel.
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Who is Laura Mullen?
Laura Mullen’s tweets, purported to celebrate the Hamas attack that claimed more than 1,200 lives, sparked outrage and were the catalyst for her resignation.
“So it’s a bit Duh, but if you kick me out of my house, plow up my olive groves, and confine what’s left of my family to the poor little state you run like an open-air prison, I might be tempted to “Having your dance party. yeah, even knowing you’re going to burn the earth,” Mullen wrote on X.
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Mullen had been at Wake Forest for more than two years after serving nearly 17 years as the McElveen Professor at Louisiana State University. Her academic background includes a BA in English Language from UC Berkeley College of Letters & Science and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa.
Mullen’s resignation, cited as “for personal reasons,” came following disturbing tweets allegedly glorifying a terrorist attack that cost thousands of lives.
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Expressing a sense of abandonment on the part of the university, Mullen reflected on Wake Forest’s response, stating: “[Wake Forest’s statement] it’s like if you watch wildlife movies and you isolate a gazelle, that’s the one that gets eaten. They kind of threw me to the wolves,” he told the school newspaper, Wake Report.
Laura Mullen had worked at Wake Forest for over two years (Wake Forest University)
Social media controversies surrounding Wake Forest University
Laura Mullen’s resignation adds to a series of social media-related controversies at Wake Forest University involving faculty and students.
Recent incidents, including the departure of a medical student and the suspension of a tenured professor, have sparked public scrutiny and internal investigations.
Laura Mullen’s resignation adds to a series of social media controversies at Wake Forest University (Wake Forest University/YouTube)
Medical student Kychelle Del Rosario faced serious backlash after a controversial tweet regarding the deliberate absence of a patient’s vein, apparently in response to mockery over her pronoun badge.
While the university initially placed her on leave, an investigation concluded that her statement did not match the actual incident, sparking debate over the institution’s response and its potential ramifications.
Meanwhile, in an unrelated event, a tenured English professor, Dr. Omaar Hena, was placed on leave following the distribution of explicit online content about him.
Although she taught at the university for 15 years, Hena’s actions led to internal investigations and wide discussions within the Wake Forest community.
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