Has a worker ever wounded you so shamefully, they should’ve been fired?
It appears that such a thing took place in September at Fordham University.
An oral offense was committed by Professor Christopher Trogan.
According to the legend, he mistook some people for their real names.
According to his explanation, sent to all Composition II students, the man got distracted and made an error.
While “reading the work of another student,” he recalled, two female students walked in late.
In a “confused” moment, he mismatched the pair’s monikers.
The duo had a lot more fun than just laughing.
The police issued an official complaint.
Fordham paper The Observer report:
[The two]Send [Christopher] an email after class expressing that they felt disheartened and disrespected…
The instructor insisted it was an “innocent mistake.”
As it turns out, Christopher is actually white.
The same can’t be said of those he harmed.
In his reply, he referred to that fact:
“I have done my best to validate and reassure the offended student that I made a simple, human, error. It has nothing to do with race.”
They don’t see it that way. According to The Observer, the ladies suspect “the mistake occurred because they were both Black.”
Christopher was on thin air with one of the two.
You can call him a repeat offender.
One of the first-year students who was involved in the…incident said their experience in Trogan’s class prior to the incident was not great. The anonymous student told The Observer Trogan had repeatedly mispronounced their names over four classes.
“I felt really disrespected. He was always talking to me and I didn’t hear him. [misnamed me] I would tell him, and it just seemed like he would brush it off or that he did not care,” she told the outlet.
The other girl — Chantel Sims — downplayed the initial disaster:
“[What he penned]This seemed to be a bit excessive. It was as if all you had to do was apologize and everything would have been okay. It wasn’t really that we were upset by him mistaking our names. It was more so the random things he would throw into the response.”
Christopher stated in an email that he would be willing to resign if students feel discriminated against.
Trogan encouraged students not to voice their grievances to Laura Auricchio at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC), the Dean of Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC), or Mary Bly at English Department Chair Mary Bly.
“Depending on your response to the officials above,” he wrote, “I may — or may not — be your professor in class next week. It’s all up to you.”
The teacher was torpedoed.
Two days after the name swap, “he was placed on immediate suspension with pay and benefits and that his actions were under investigation by the university. [Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Eva Badowska]He was given an instruction not to contact Fordham students or he would be terminated immediately. Part of the suspension included barring his access to Fordham’s electronic systems — including email.”
October 25th marked the end.
He claims that his psychological and physical health are in decline.
The termination was effective immediately and cut off Trogan’s salary, health benefits, life insurance and retirement fund.
“I was never informed of the charges against me, nor of the nature of the investigation of which I was the subject,” he complained in a nine-page October 29th letter to all 80 of his former students. “I was kept completely in the dark.”
The official letter of termination asserted he hadn’t demonstrated “proper development.”
Who’d have thought a guy like Christopher could’ve gotten canned?
It appears he’d tried extremely hard to be hip.
He’d even stuck to the strict and appropriate academic aim of English education:
In the email to students, Trogan assured students the course was “centered specifically and explicitly around issues of justice, equality, and inclusion,” and that he has devoted his “entire life” to these issues — describing his dedication to racial justice throughout his career in depth.
Sadly, it wasn’t sufficient.
Sims said the section of the email that listed his credentials and “everything he has done for minorities” gave her the impression of a white savior complex. The Observer interviewed another first-year student who agreed with Sims.
“The eight semesters I had taught as an adjunct were erased,” he lamented.
Still, he’s hoping for that English Composition element that matters most — justice:
Trogan said to The Observer he feels he deserves his final salary and his benefits should be restored immediately in an effort to remedy his termination. The incident should be removed from Trogan’s record by the Office of Human Resources. He stated that Badowska should answer questions from the Fordham Community about the termination.
“If any student would like to help me achieve some justice now that my name is mud and my reputation has been ruined, they could insist that Badowska carry out the above three actions at a bare minimum,” Trogan said.
Perhaps he’ll find vindication.
Or maybe not.
He announced he’d step down, but he was given no points for mere symbolic sacrifice.
This is the story of life. But he managed to achieve his greatest achievement, victimhood.
He reached out for the stars and grabbed the moon.
Now, his entire career has been ruined.
Yet, The Observer notes, “questions still remain” regarding his discharge.
Hopefully, in the end, “racial justice” will have been served.
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