A student who has branded himself a Nazi is banned from his college campus at the University of North Florida (UNF) – but the university decided not to formally expel him. Ken Parker, the student in question, was suspended and UNF claim it is in his best interests to remain off campus for his safety.
The 37-year-old faced expulsion after he posted a photograph of himself with an assault rifle in which he said he would “shut down” anyone who challenged his beliefs. His tattoo of a swastika is clearly visible in the photograph.
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His Facebook account has since been deactivated.
“They completely misconstrued my quote,” said Parker speaking with The Washington Post. “I never said I was ever going to shoot anybody. I didn’t make any threats on campus. I leave my politics at home. I go to school. I attend my classes and then I go home.”
Parker is a Navy veteran, currently studying political science. He previously served as the ‘grand dragon’, the highest ranking leader, of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in Jacksonville. Now Parker must organise ways to take his classes and exams away from campus.
“This student’s unsupervised presence on campus would pose a risk to his personal safety,” said University President John Delaney speaking with Fox News.
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Delaney continued to say that Parker’s presence on campus “would cause a substantial disruption of, and material interference with, the university’s learning environment, as well as the rights and safety of other students, staff and faculty”.
He added: “Thus, he will be prohibited from entering campus, except for his next hearing, for which he will be required to have a police escort.”
Parker will soon face a second hearing. His first hearing took place November 20, with the next one to be held before the spring term begins. Jacksonville.com reported police escorted Parker to and from his suspension meeting.
There were around 80 people protesting outside.