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A University of Tennessee Knoxville lecturer has been fired after a student challenged her teachings on slave history then complained the debate led to retaliation and inappropriate conduct by the teacher on social media.
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A University of Tennessee Knoxville lecturer has been fired after a student challenged her teachings on slave history then  complained the debate led to retaliation and inappropriate conduct by the teacher on social media. 

“I’ve never seen this before,” said Kayla Parker, a senior at UT who recently wrote about the exchange with her teacher on the online forum Medium. “I was shocked. I knew it was something out of the ordinary when I saw her posting on my Facebook, because I’ve never seen a professor do that.”

The university said Judy Morelock, a lecturer in the department of sociology who had a contract through July, was terminated in April when the university bought out her contract.

Spokeswoman Karen Simsen would not say why Morelock was removed from the classroom part way through the spring semester and said the university was prohibited by federal law from discussing the exchange that took place between Morelock and Parker.

The move also came just months before the end of what was to be Morelock’s final year teaching at UT, as Simsen said the lecturer had been informed last year that the sociology department was going to be moving in a different academic direction and her contract would not be renewed after 2017. 

According to Parker, the  dispute raises questions about how race is taught and how people who profess to support minorities respond when their thoughts on race are challenged. The issue arises as the role of free speech and the boundaries of social media are being debated on college campuses nationwide. 

Morelock, in a Facebook message to a reporter, said she had been advised by her attorney to not comment.

“But I have to say this: For this woman to…