Editor's Note: The Daily Tar Heel reached out to Rick Curti on Thursday afternoon for a response. He said in an email “I have no response because I didn’t do anything wrong. I asked her out and she wasn’t interested and didn’t want to work with me so I moved on.”
I knew it would continue to happen. But with the #MeToo moment at the top of the U.S. agenda, I had hoped for better.
This semester I made a teaching moment out from our way to deal with a #MeToo moment that hit close to home. North Carolina native Charlie Rose, who was inducted into the NC Media and Journalism Hall of Fame in 1999 for his journalistic achievements, was fired for abuse of power and sexual harassment. This led me to ensure that our school took action — 75 percent of our students at the MJ-school are women. I believe they need to be prepared for how to deal with the inevitable sexual aggression they will face in their careers — as do our faculty and staff. This semester, we’ve had staff meetings and presentations for faculty about this issue.
Last week, when a student reporter came to Senior Associate Dean Charlie Tuggle about inappropriate texts she received from a potential interviewee trying to bring Major League Baseball to Charlotte, he knew what to do.
The student was certain that the texts from Rick Curti, the self-proclaimed CEO of the Charlotte Bats, were not proper. She came to Dr. T and asked if this was a #MeToo moment. He brought it to me, and we clearly saw the texts were inappropriate and aggressive.