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A former professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington was found dead at his house after posting racist, sexist, and anti-mask tweets. The professor, Mike Adams, was 55 years old and was a UNCW faculty member for 27 years. He was found dead at home when a friend tried to do a wellness […]

A former professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington was found dead at his house after posting racist, sexist, and anti-mask tweets. The professor, Mike Adams, was 55 years old and was a UNCW faculty member for 27 years. He was found dead at home when a friend tried to do a wellness check on him. Prior to his death, he posted words that were interpreted as hate speech by some of his students. Because of the pressure coming from social media, the professor originally planned to retire early on August 1st. 

 

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating this case and said there was no evidence of foul play. The dispatch records show that Professor Adams suffered from a gunshot wound. Adams’ friend also told the police that the Professor seemed “erratic” and was “under a lot of stress” prior to his death. 

UNCW Professor Found Dead
The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating this case

 

This stress might be coming from backlash on his tweets and an online petition regarding his controversial tweets. The petition “Fire Professor Mike Adams” had received more than 60,000 signatures. The organizer of the petition said Professor Adams “threaten[ed], belittle[d], bullie[d], and act[ed] in an unprofessional manner.” The professor later responded “when you write the university asking them to fire me don’t forget to leave a mailing address so I can send you a box of panty liners.”

 

His other controversial tweets include equating the stay at home order as slavery, his views on BlackLivesMatter and Women’s Studies. 

 

Professor Adams was a controversial person. He was known for holding conservative beliefs and actively speaking what’s on his mind. For his supporters, he’s a “defender of the First Amendment and conservative values.” His friend David French wrote “A Eulogy for a Friend, a Lament for our Nation,” which can be found here. However, some of his students found his speech offensive and inappropriate, while others claimed that he was “great.”

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Some other people feel conflicted. While they don’t necessarily support what Dr. Adams said, they also don’t perceive death as the solution.

 

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s continues to investigate this case. What do you think of the issue? Let us know in the comments.