Hampden-Sydney professor: comments about 'bathroom' bills led to firing

Published: May. 19, 2016 at 3:24 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 13, 2017 at 8:19 PM EDT
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FARMVILLE, VA (WWBT) - A retired military veteran says he was fired from Hampden-Sydney after he openly objected to "bathroom bills" being passed around the country allowing people to use any restroom they want.

"The first man who goes in the restroom with my daughter will not have to worry about surgery," Lt. Gen. William "Jerry" Boykin wrote in a recent Facebook post. "... The bottom line is that I oppose these so called '?#‎Bathroom?' bills that let men go into women's locker rooms, showers, and toilets and I have been very public about it."

"I gave the LGBT community just what they needed to pressure the college leadership to terminate me and they did," wrote Boykin.

Hampden-Sydney says Boykin was a part-time adjunct professor in a position that was "created to be a rotating position."

"It is inaccurate to suggest that General Boykin was fired," Hampden-Sydney said on Facebook.

Boykin's comments have gotten the attention of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

"At a time where young people are desperately seeking hope and inspiration, you would think General Boykin (who had taught there nine years) would be one of their most valued faculty. But instead, he fell victim to the PC police," Cruz wrote on Facebook. "This storied institution, founded the year before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, has decided that warriors and heroes are no longer welcome on its faculty."

In its Facebook response, Hampden-Sydney says the school is "grateful for the contributions General Boykin made to our educational mission and the impact he had on our students."

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