Lynch Mobs and Death Threats:
Disastrous Consequences from the
Secret and Surreptitious Meetings
Held to Foment Students Against a Teacher
What the individual who wrote me didn’t know (since I don’t mention it in my summary statement—there are many events and facts I do not have space to mention in my summary, and there have been many other punitive actions taken against me that I have not mentioned on this blog) was that the words and actions of BU administrators to students were, in fact, so extreme, so inflammatory, and so divisive that they, at one point, resulted in actual death threats, which I describe in the document in the possession of Francine Montemurro, the university Ombuds. (For more information about that document, see the following two blog entries: "Letter to the University Ombuds—“Events that Almost Defy Belief,” and "Egregious Professional Misconduct—For Academics Only," both available in the side menu.)
In short, I stand by the lynch mob metaphor in the account on the preceding page—a metaphor that, after all, did not originate with me but represented a student’s own description of the tone and atmosphere of the meetings university administrators held with him and his fellow students, in their shockingly irresponsible efforts to destroy me and my work, and their willingness to use students and to manipulate their hearts and minds to pursue their cynical and immoral schemes.
These well-documented events (dozens of students were involved in the meetings where lies and false information were promulgated by administrators, with the Director of Film Studies Roy Grundmann again at the head of the pack of bad actors) pressuring the students to submit suborned, perjured, and factually incorrect statements to serve the administrators' own cynical purposes) are among scores of serious ethical issues Boston University administrators continue to refuse to address. Even in these days after Columbine and Aurora, death threats apparently still don't get the attention of Boston University administrators. When you're determined to deny everything, or lie about what demonstrably took place, you are able to deny--or lie about--just about anything. Good old BU. —Ray Carney
To read a summary of the past decade of financial and bureaucratic punishments, pedagogical failures, violations of academic freedom, verbal harassment, threats to destroy Prof. Carney's reputation via web postings and to bankrupt him with legal actions, and a variety of other forms of administrative misconduct and academic misbehavior at Boston University, see: “A Summary—Ten Years at Boston University,” available under June 2014 in the side menu on any page.