College Professor Busted For Fabricating Racial Attack In Attempt To Keep Job

So you’re about to lose your job and not prepared for the financial troubles that come along with it. What do you do? If your 56-year-old Azhar Hussain, you fabricate a story about being victimized in a racial attack to drum up sympathy. As the Daily Mail shares, it didn’t work out too well for him.

Hussain was an assistant professor of aviation technology at Indiana State University in Terra Haute. He got wind of the fact that he was on the chopping block, and it appears as if he thought an impassioned plea to save his job just wouldn’t be enough to do the trick. That led him to spin a yarn about a stream of anti-Muslim messages he received that culminated in him being attacked outside of his office.

Unfortunately for Hussain, he didn’t cover his tracks very well. Investigators were quickly able to poke numerous holes in his story. They were able to trace down the computer from which the racist messages emanated, and they had enough evidence to believe that Hussain wrote the messages himself. As for the attack, it simply never happened.

“Based upon the investigation, it is our belief that Hussain was trying to gain sympathy by becoming a victim of anti-Muslim threats, which he had created himself. It is extremely unfortunate that this situation caused undue concern for other members of the ISU community,” said ISU's chief of police, Joseph Newport.

Hussain was arrested and is now facing a felony charge of obstruction of justice and a misdemeanor charge of harassment. He has been suspended from his teaching role while until the matter is resolved, and the university is working towards cutting ties with him altogether.

The professor’s ridiculous attempt to save his job is wrong on so many levels. There’s simply no place for fictitious reports of attacks or racial slurs in any environment, let alone one in which you are supposed to be setting an example for the student body as a whole.

Source: Mail Online
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