Fourth Estate Staff
Costa Mesa, CA, United States (4E) – A professor at the Orange Coast College ranted in class about Donald Trump’s win and it was videoed by one of the students, who was subsequently suspended.
In the rant of the professor, which became viral after it was posted online, talked about Trump’s presidential win as an act of terrorism. The teacher involved received violent threats from the supporters of the president. In the video, the professor was heard saying, “We’re really back to being in a civil war.”
It seemed the student, identified as 19-year-old Caleb O’Neil, did not agree with his psychology professor so he showed the video to a campus Republican group. The group complained about the professor, identified as Olga Perez Stable Cox, abusing her power. In the video, which was taken after the November 2016 presidential election, Cox called Trump a white supremacist.
A lawyer for the group who complained against Cox said the statements of the professor are irrational and does not belong in the classroom. The administration reportedly did not act on the matter so they took the clip online.
The student who videoed Cox said he had to record the rant because he was scared her dislike for Trump could affect his grades because the teacher knew the student supported Trump. Cox is also said to be comforting students scared by the rhetoric of Trump against Muslims and other minority groups. The 66-year-old said in a recent statement she is paranoid now because she feels like she is attacked by a mob of people from all over the country.
Weeks after the video went viral, O’Neil received a letter regarding his suspension. The dean said they felt badly about the things that happened to the individuals affected in the spreading of the video but said the student broke campus rules against using recording devises thus a semester-long suspension was given as punishment.
The suspension would end if he would apologize to Cox and write an essay as to why he decided to put the matter online. An attorney for O’Neil said the student will still attend classes as he appeals the suspension.
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