Babson College said Asheen Phansey was terminated because the post on his “personal Facebook page does not represent the values and culture of the College”, as per local television.
He had apologised for the post last week calling it “bad humour” that was “read as a threat”.
His post was a reaction to US President Donald Trump’s tweet about targeting sites “elevated and important to Iran and the Iranian culture”.
US officials contradicting Trump said, Washington would not target them because bombing cultural sites is a war crime under international law.
Following this, Phansey suggested on Facebook that Iran selected 52 US locales including the Mall of America in Minnesota or the residence of the Kardashians, a family of American celebrities made famous by the reality TV series ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’.
He was the director of sustainability at Babson College, an institution that specialises in business and entrepreneurship education. It is located in Wellesley, about 20 km from Boston.
“I am really concerned about what this portends for our ability as Americans to engage in political discourse without presuming the worst about each other,” Phansey said in a statement quoted by a local televison.
“People willfully misinterpreted a joke I made to my friends on Facebook,” and had hoped the college “would have defended and supported my right to free speech”.
The college, however, said it “condemns any type of threatening words and/or actions condoning violence and/or hate”.