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Alabama prof's family, friends: No hint of violence (being denied tenure)

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  • Alabama prof's family, friends: No hint of violence (being denied tenure)

    AP - An Alabama professor Amy Bishop accused of shooting six colleagues was vocal in her resentment over being denied tenure and the looming loss of her teaching post, though relatives and students said she had never suggested she might become violent.

    Bishop, who has four children, was arrested soon after the shooting and charged with capital murder.



    This police booking photograph released by the Huntsville (Ala.) Police Dept., on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, shows college professor Amy Bishop, charged with capital murder in the shooting deaths of three faculty members at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. (AP Photo/Huntsville Police Dept.)

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    re: Alabama prof's family, friends: No hint of violence (being denied tenure)

    Amy Bishop kept quiet about a violent episode in her past around colleagues and students at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. But there was one personal issue she didn't mind loudly complaining about: being denied tenure.


    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Tenure commonly refers to life tenure in a job and specifically to a senior academic's contractual right not to have their position terminated without just cause.

    Academic tenure

    Under the tenure systems adopted as internal policy by many universities and colleges, especially in the United States and Canada, tenure is associated with more senior job titles such as Professor and Associate Professor. A junior professor will not be promoted to such a tenured position without demonstrating a strong record of published research, teaching, and administrative service. Typical systems (such as the Recommended Institutional Regulations on Academic Freedom and Tenure) allow only a limited period to establish such a record, by limiting the number of years that any employee can hold a junior title such as Assistant Professor. (An institution may also offer other academic titles that are not time-limited, such as Lecturer, Adjunct Professor, or Research Professor, but these positions do not carry the possibility of tenure and are said to be "off the tenure track.")


    Tenure - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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      Re: Alabama prof's family, friends: No hint of violence (being denied tenure)

      wow... she apparently also killed her brother...

      But there were other things Bishop apparently did not reveal to those around her.

      In 1986, Bishop shot and killed her 18-year-old brother with a shotgun at their Braintree, Mass., home. She told police at the time that she had been trying to learn how to use the gun, which her father had bought for protection, when it accidentally discharged. In all, three shots were fired: Braintree police Chief Paul Frazier said she shot once into a wall, then shot her brother, then fired a third time into the ceiling.
      Authorities released her and said the episode was a tragic accident. She was never charged, though Frazier on Saturday questioned how the investigation was handled.


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        Bishop lawyer: Mom can’t recall probe

        By Jessica Fargen

        The lawyer for Amy Bishop’s mother says his client has a patchy memory of the events leading to Bishop’s mysterious release from police custody in 1986 after she shot her brother to death, highlighting the daunting hurdles of an inquest ordered by Norfolk District Attorney William Keating.

        Judy Bishop recalls being “distraught” as she waited for her daughter at the Braintree police station following Seth’s shooting, said attorney Bryan Stevens. She did not barge into then-Chief John Polio’s office or stop an interview, he said. She recalled that police were kind, Stevens said.


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