A University of North Florida student who had been suspended from classes by the school for what had been called threatening messages on social media will be able to resume classes, but will not return to campus.
The university posted a statement from president John Delaney saying the suspension of Ken Parker, a Navy veteran a self-described white nationalist, would be immediately lifted. However, Delaney's statement says because Parker's presence on campus could be disruptive, he is still not allowed to attend classes and instead will work with professors to make alternate arrangements to complete his coursework.
"After meeting with the student, the panel deliberated and decided to lift his immediate suspension, which means he will be allowed to continue his classes. However, in the interest of the safety and welfare of both the student and the entire campus community and based on the totality of circumstances, I have reasonably forecasted that this student's unsupervised presence on campus would pose a risk to his personal safety and would cause a substantial disruption of, and material interference with, the University's learning environment as well as the rights and safety of other students, staff and faculty. Thus, he will be prohibited from entering campus, except for his next hearing, for which he will be required to have a police escort." Delaney's statement partially reads.
A message from President John Delaney pic.twitter.com/mTawtaU4eX— Univ.ofNorthFlorida (@UofNorthFlorida) November 21, 2017
The social media post in question shows Parker, 37, a second-year Political Science student at UNF holding a gun, two swastikas tattooed on his chest, with the comment above the photo reading:
Zack Morse, it is okay to be WHITE!!!!! Let SDS and the other clowns come at me, I will shut them down. F*** the BLM BS!!! I am WHITE and PROUD, and these queer balls have yet to confront me on campus.
Zack Morse is the student who took the controversial racist video depicting two students acting like apes making fun of the Black Lives Movement when it came to UNF's campus.
Parker is also the former Grand Dragon of the Jacksonville chapter of the KKK and an 11-year Navy veteran.
Parker spoke on the phone with First Coast News and said he posted the photo in support of Morse.
"I wanted to let people know that it's okay to be white and proud," said Parker. "And that there are people out there way more extreme than [Morse]."
Despite his suspension being lifted, Parker still faces student conduct code violation charges and a hearing will be held on those in the next 30 school days, according to Delaney's statement.
The hearing on Monday drew a handful of Parker's supporters and about 75 counter-protesters outside Alumni Hall. Both sides remained peaceful.