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Petition Asking IU To Investigate Off-Campus Incident Involving Lecturer

IU students

(Steve Burns)

A Facebook post accusing an Indiana University lecturer of using a derogatory term to describe people with intellectual disabilities is sparking a petition asking the university to investigate.

The Facebook post of the incident at a Bloomington McDonald's has been shared more than 1,000 times since Saturday.

In it, the poster says the lecturer referred to a McDonald’s employee using a derogatory term for someone with intellectual disabilities. When the poster told the woman the term was unacceptable, she allegedly replied that she was an IU professor, and used the term again to refer to another person in the restaurant. Two videos included in the post show the lecturer appearing to push a woman who is recording video of her on her cell phone.

People have since identified the IU employee, and the IU Neurodiversity Coalition is circulating a petition asking the university to investigate the incident and ensure no students are subjected to abuse by the lecturer.

An IU spokesperson says in a statement the university is aware of the incident and is taking steps to learn more.

The lecturer declined an interview, but said the information being spread online is a lie and would not elaborate.

Capt. Craig Munroe with the IU Police Department says they're investigating because the lecturer's received threatening calls and emails as a result of the incident. 

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