A professor at an Ohio college in under investigation for calling for the murder of NRA members.
On June 13, Professor James Pearce, who teaches at Southern State Community College in Hillsboro, wrote the following:
“Look, there’s only one solution. A bunch of us anti-gun types are going to have to arm ourselves, storm the NRA headquarters in Fairfax, VA, and make sure there are no survivors,” James Pearce wrote in a Facebook post on June 13. “This action might also require coordinated hits at remote sites, like Washington lobbyists. Then and only then will we see some legislative action on assault weapons. Have a nice day.”
A local newspaper reported that Professor Pearce’s comments were forwarded to law enforcement two days later.
A spokesman for the school said they wouldn’t comment on the case specifically, but provided some generalizations.
“In general, the college would alert local authorities about any threats that were made known to the college, especially any threats made to students, faculty or staff,” she explained. “We have a good working relationship with the police jurisdictions covering each of our four campuses, and trust they would follow their protocols for reporting to other agencies. As I understand it, a report does not necessarily mean an investigation.”
Cross said that “any criminal prosecution” of Professor Pearce would be grounds for dismissal.
The Highland County Press reports that on June 17, Gary Heaton, Southern State Community College Security and Emergency Response coordinator for Central Campus, said:
“Chief (Hillsboro Chief of Police Todd) Whited and (HPD Officer) Eric Daniels brought this to our attention early in the week, the Highland County Press reports. The Police Department received a complaint from a former SSCC student and then they informed SSCC.
“We discussed the proper avenue. I took the information to VP Dr. (Nicole) Roades, who would be his immediate supervisor,” Heaton said. “Chief Whited took the information to Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera, since the post was made in the county.
“Dr. Roades contacted the Ohio Attorney General. The sheriff sent the information to the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The Attorney General advised Dr. Roades to take no action until the Feds had completed an investigation.”
In addition to Boys and the SSCC Board of Trustees, The Highland County Press has asked Chief Whited, Sheriff Barrera and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office for comment.