During a recent human sexuality class, Olga Perez Stable Cox of Orange Coast College called Republican Donald Trump’s election to the presidency an “act of terrorism”. The Professor has reportedly received many death threats as a result and had to leave the state for a short time. Since Cox’s political rant went viral and the kid that recorded it may face charges, more students have stepped forward claiming trashing Trump and Pence wasn’t the only thing she did.
Rob Schneiderman, president of the Coast Federation of Educators/American Federation of Teachers Local 1911, told the Orange County Register told a completely different story and defended Cox stating, “The faculty of Orange Coast College don’t believe that students are these fragile individuals that cannot hear hyperbole and that they need to be coddled.”
For the students that decided to tell the WHOLE story, this is just another case of bullying that needs to stop. Cox’s rant had absolutely nothing to do with free speech. Vincent Wetzel told the Register he’s a gay student and has attended some of Cox’s LGBT panels — but he’s not happy with the instructor’s behavior. “This has nothing to do with free speech,” Wetzel told the paper. “It’s a professor overstepping her profession. Of all the people who are supposed to provide an inclusive environment, it’s her. Now I don’t feel comfortable.”
The Blaze had this to say:
Since video of Cox’s declaration went viral — she also called Vice President-elect Mike Pence “one of the most anti-gay humans in this country” — a pair of students from the class are adding more fuel to the fire.
Tanner Webb and Noah Faerber told KCBS-TV other things Cox said during class — when video wasn’t secretly rolling — were particularly intimidating. Such as asking Trump backers in the room to stand up.
“She was saying dehumanizing things about Trump supporters,” Webb told KCBS, “and nobody felt like they could stand up. Me, in fear of my grade. And then she said, ‘I bet none of you will stand up because you’re embarrassed for yourselves. The rest of the class should look out for them and know who to protect themselves from.’”
“Students shouldn’t be shamed for their political beliefs,” Faerber added to the station, “or who they vote for.”
“Nobody wants to stand up and be publicly humiliated by a teacher who holds the power in the classroom like that,” Webb noted to KCBS.
Webb and Faerber told the station they’ve kept quiet about what they said they heard to protect their grades — but after news hit that the student who recorded the video faces possible legal action, the pair decided to come forward.