Professor: 'Game of Thrones' shirt pic got me suspended

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by Associated Press

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Posted on April 18, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 18 at 5:11 PM

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey professor claims he was suspended over an online photo containing a quote from Game of Thrones that he says a school official perceived as a threat.

Francis Schmidt is an art instructor at Bergen Community College. He says he was suspended for eight days after posting a photo in January of his 7-year-old daughter wearing a T-shirt with a quote from the graphic HBO show that read: "I will take what is mine with fire and blood."
Schmidt tells The Record that school officials questioned whether the reference was meant as a threat against a dean.

The school has been embroiled in labor negotiations. School spokesman Larry Hlavenka is calling the case a private personnel matter.

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