In this 1990 file photo, first lady Barbara Bush poses with her dog Millie in Washington. A family spokesman said Tuesday, April 17, 2018, that former first lady Barbara Bush has died at the age of 92.

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Fresno Won't Punish Professor Behind ‘Insensitive’ Barbara Bush Tweet

April 25, 2018 - 10:18 am
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FRESNO, CA (1010 WINS) -- Fresno State University Professor Randa Jarrar took a lot of heat on social media over her Tweets about the death of former First Lady Barbara Bush.

That included the predictable calls for her firing.

Hours after Bush's death earlier this month, Jarrar tweeted “a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal.”

Jarrar added that she was happy Bush was dead, and bragged that she wouldn't be fired over the remarks because she had tenure.

She was right, and the university says she will not only not be fired, she won't even be disciplined.

The university's president called Jarrar's comments insensitive, inappropriate, and an embarrassment to the university, but also defended her ability to speak freely.

“Our duty as Americans and as educators is to promote a free exchange of diverse views, even if we disagree with them,” University President Joseph Castro said.