As our sister publication mentioned this morning, a former SMU professor has filed suit against the school, claiming she was wrongfully terminated after she reported that her superior was engaging in inappropriate conduct with students.
The most bizarre part of the 21-page lawsuit, filed by Patricia Davis, however, are allegations that her boss, Rick Halperin, “appeared obsessed with the Nazis.”
Halperin is the founding director of the school’s Embrey Human Rights Program, which make the allegations even more surprising (if not unlikely).
The lawsuit claims that Halperin gave private Nazi salutes, used Nazi commands on the telephone, displayed large posters of Nazi symbols and events in his office, and watched “hours and hours of pictures of bodies and Holocaust death camps on his office television.”
The lawsuit also alleges that Davis caught Halperin in compromising positions with students on more than one occasion, and says that after confronting him about what she witnessed, he “called her crazy and deeply troubled, and said that if Davis told anyone, she ‘should begin looking for another job.’”
I spoke with one of Halperin’s former students who said that these allegations are nothing short of shocking. A Facebook page entitled “We love Rick Halperin” was created earlier this afternoon, and it already has more than 250 members.
Look for the full story in this week’s paper.