Court Upholds Firing of Oregon Instructor Over Reference to Shooting Students

A federal judge has upheld the University of Oregon's firing of a deaf instructor over a classroom reference to shooting students, even though several of the students who had heard his remark characterized it as harmless and provoked.

In a ruling issued on Wednesday, Magistrate Judge Thomas M. Coffin of the U.S. District Court in Eugene, Ore., dismissed the lawsuit that Peter M. Quint, an instructor of American Sign Language who has been deaf since childhood, filed against the