Weeks following a petition calling for the removal of a class taught by Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas at the George Washington University Law school circulated online, school newspaper The GW Hatchet has confirmed that he had dropped from the faculty.

This protest likely stems from Thomas’ support of the reversal of Roe v. Wade, other alarming statements he has made in following decisions, and his wife Ginni Thomas’ connection to the January 6 riots. It was not confirmed concretely what the actual reasoning for Thomas’ departure was, and whether he will be returning to teach at any point in the future.

According to an email obtained by the Hatchet, Thomas’ co-instructor in the constitutional law seminar course Gregory Maggs announced that the Justice stated he would be unavailable for the course. The petition was signed by over 11,000 people, but the law school remained firm in its commitment to keep Thomas on the faculty.

The university, which has boasted Justice Thomas as an instructor going on 11 years, said despite the uproar around the Roe v. Wade reversal, they wouldn’t fire him as a teacher because “debate is an essential part of our university’s academic and educational mission.”

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