Naval Academy, ousted Professor Bruce Fleming present cases on whether he's fit for the classroom

The midshipman stared across the courtroom at his fired English professor. With anger in his voice, the young man said it three times: “I don’t want to be anything like him.” Midshipman Matthew DeSantis saw no role model in Professor Bruce Fleming and he told the court so. His testimony brought tense moments Wednesday to the reinstatement hearing for one of the U.S. Naval Academy’s most senior and controversial professors. DeSantis’ 16-page complaint in January 2018 — he notes Fleming called him a “right-wing extremist” — launched a seven-month investigation that resulted in Fleming being fired after 31 years at the Annapolis institution. (Balt. Sun)

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