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(EMMITSBURG, Md.) — The president of Mount St. Mary’s University has resigned after comments he allegedly made about struggling students drew national attention.

In an email exchange published in January in the Catholic university’s student-run newspaper, Simon Newman reportedly told some faculty members that struggling students were “bunnies” that needed to “drown.”

“You just have to drown the bunnies…put a Glock to their heads,” he said according to the Mountain Echo.

On Monday, the university announced the resignation, and said Karl Einolf, Ph.D., Dean of the Richard J. Bolte, Sr., School of Business would be the acting president.

“I am proud of what I have been able to achieve in a relatively short time particularly in helping the University chart a clear course toward a bright future,” said Newman in a statement. “I care deeply about the school and the recent publicity relating to my leadership has become too great of a distraction to our mission of educating students. It was a difficult decision but I believe it is the right course of action for the Mount at this time.”’

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