College admin fired after suggesting Iranian leader pick American targets 'he would bomb' (UPDATE)

  • A Massachusetts college administrator was suspended with pay over a social media post.
  • The official said in the Facebook post that Iran should choose 52 American targets to attack.

Update: Babson College has fired  Phansey


"Ayatollah Khomenei should tweet a list of 52 sites of beloved American cultural heritage that he would bomb."   

Original story below: 

A Massachusetts college administrator is on paid suspension over a social media post suggesting that Iran pick 52 American cultural sites it could attack. 

"Ayatollah Khomenei should tweet a list of 52 sites of beloved American cultural heritage that he would bomb," the post reportedly stated.

 Among the possible American targets that Babson College Director of Sustainability Asheen Phansey reportedly listed were the Mall of America and the Kardashian family home, according to WBZ-TV

Phansey now says the post was "sloppy humor," not a threat.

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"I regret my bad attempt at humor. As an American, born and raised, I was trying to juxtapose our 'cultural sites' with ancient Iranian churches and mosques. I am completely opposed to violence and would never advocate it by anyone. I am sorry that my sloppy humor was read as a threat. I condemn all acts of violence," Phansey said, according to New England Cable News

Phansey has been suspended with pay by Babson College while an investigation is underway. 

“Babson College condemns any type of threatening words or actions condoning violence or hate. This particular post from a staff member on his personal Facebook page clearly does not represent the values and culture of Babson College. While we understand he has deleted the posts, we have immediately suspended him, with pay, pending the completion of our investigation. In addition, we are cooperating with local, state and federal authorities," the college said in a statement provided to Campus Reform

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The post came after President Donald Trump tweeted a warning to Iran that if it strikes Americans or American assets, then the U.S. had already targeted 52 Iranian cultural targets, "representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago."

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