University of Iowa President Apologizes for Comment About Teachers Being Shot

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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- After making an "off the cuff remark" about teachers, the University of Iowa president has apologized.

The remark stems from a staff council meeting earlier this month where University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld jokingly stated that teachers who aren't prepared for their classes should be shot.

University Librarian Lisa Gardinier complained about the comment, which resulted in Harreld apologizing in an email exchange.

Harreld wrote, "It was an unfortunate off the cuff remark and I had no intention of offending anyone. Nor did I seriously mean to imply I support gun violence in any shape, manner, or form."

Harreld officially took over as president on Nov. 2.