On November 27th, 2001, a professor at UNC-Wilmington filed a report with the campus police, alleging that someone was breaking into her office and trying to poison her with tear gas. Shortly thereafter, the campus police interviewed two professors who were named by the alleged victim as possible suspects. I was one of those two professors.
After the police interviewed me, the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) conducted a chemical analysis of the professor?s office to determine whether it had been sprayed with any harmful chemicals. The tests were negative. According to their taxpayer-funded investigation, no crime had taken place at all. I could have told them that for free. I understand that tear gas has been pretty hard to come by since 911. And I?ll bet it?s pretty hard to smuggle into the building and spray inside your colleagues? offices.
The professor who made those criminal accusations had also made a claim of sexual harassment against her department chair in 1999. The UNCW Human Resources Department just let it all happen without any formal investigation of those public allegations. But that?s okay. By allowing slanderous accusations against male employees they create a more caring and loving environment for women who lie. And that?s all that really matters.
Years later, the aforementioned professor continues to teach at UNC-Wilmington. She rarely enters her office even though the authorities have concluded that it has not been poisoned by her numerous enemies. But she doesn?t need to spend much time at work. She has tenure.
Shortly after I heard about these accusations of ?office terrorism,? I decided that I had to respond. That was when I decided to write, ?Welcome to the Ivory Tower of Babel?. Within months, I had completed an angry draft of about 175 pages. I began peddling it to publishers around the country with no success. After several rejections, I put down my pen for a few months.