‘I can’t believe it’: Baylor University president apologizes after tweet about rape threat

The president of the University of Baylor is resigning after a tweet on his personal account, in which he said he was “proud” of “all the women” who had reported being sexually assaulted.

Baylor University president David Garland resigned Thursday from the position, saying he was leaving “out of an abundance of caution” amid what he called a “toxic culture” on campus.

In the tweet, Garland, a former Baptist preacher, said, “I know that we all are a collective of angels, but we can’t let this toxic culture of fear and intimidation destroy our institution.”

In a statement released Thursday, Garland said he did not want to be associated with a culture that was “intolerant of any form of expression.”

The tweet was posted Thursday night and quickly went viral.

Garland later apologized on Twitter, saying that he did “not mean to make a big deal out of a tweet.”

In the statement, Garland also said he wanted to apologize to those who were hurt by the incident.

“My actions in this instance did not reflect the values and values of Baylor University,” Garland wrote.

“I deeply regret any pain that this has caused and I am working with Baylor’s leadership team to create an environment where all students feel comfortable and are able to feel safe at Baylor.”

Garland’s departure comes just a few weeks after Baylor Chancellor Kenneth Starr apologized to students, faculty and staff over the school’s handling of the rape allegations against football player Sam Ukwuachu.

The school is under investigation for allegedly mishandling sexual assault complaints.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.