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Thursday, June 29, 2006


I am absolutely speechless.

In his letter, Moneta said McFadyen was suspended because there were concerns whether his presence on campus posed a risk to him or others. But Stephen Bryan, Duke's associate dean for judicial affairs, reviewed the case and decided that McFadyen did not violate university policies regarding abuse, endangerment and disorderly conduct, according to Moneta's letter.

According to Moneta, McFadyen said the e-mail used language from the book "American Psycho," a novel by Bret Easton Ellis — later made into a movie — about a serial killer.

"He acknowledged the joke, especially given the context of the time, was not funny," Moneta wrote.

Moneta said McFadyen accepted responsibility for an error in judgment.

"I think he learned a valuable lesson in how words can be interpreted and misinterpreted," Moneta told the AP Thursday evening.

Glen Bachman, McFadyen's attorney in Durham, said his client was looking forward to moving on with his life.

"I don't know if things will be back to normal for any of these boys," Bachman said. "He just wants to be able to return to Duke, and he's just looking forward to getting back in school and getting back to playing lacrosse and getting on with his education."

you can read the email in question here.

Those of you who work for a living, here's a little experiment. Send an email to one of your co-workers that uses the exact same language as Ryan McFadyen's email of March 14. Especially if you happen to be employed at, say, Duke University.

Then, argue that you should be allowed to keep your job because you've learned a valuable lesson in how words can be misinterpreted.

There's only one lesson to be learned here, and that's the meaning of the word privilege.


  • I'd be interested to know how the recipients of this email replied to it.

    By Blogger humf, at 4:19 PM  

  • What difference does that make?

    I assume you are familiar with this case?

    You and i probably both agree that the Williams case should have been a non-issue. Yet it was not, and someone lost a job over it.

    I'm sure a quick search will find numerous cases of people losing their jobs over posting inappropriate emails on the corporate email system. (I know of one first-hand.)

    I don't see why this is different.

    McFadyen used the Duke email system to joke about killing someone. Why should he be entitled to represent the University on the playing field?

    By Blogger Barry Ragin, at 4:32 PM  

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