Daily Mail reports:
A California professor has set off a firestorm of criticism after telling her students Donald Trump’s election was an ‘act of terrorism.’
Olga Perez Stable Cox, an instructor in Orange Coast College’s psychology department, made her comments during a recent human sexuality class, as seen in video posted by a student on Tuesday.
She calls President-elect Trump a ‘white supremacist’ and Vice President-elect Mike Pence ‘one of the most anti-gay humans in this country.’
‘And so we are in for a difficult time but again I do believe that we can get past that,’ the professor said, as heard in footage of the lecture.
‘Our nation is divided, we have been assaulted, it’s an act of terrorism,’ she added. ‘One of the most frightening things for me and most people in my life is that the people creating the assault are among us.’
The school’s College Republicans have filed a formal complaint with the office of college president Dennis Harkins.
‘The video, shot during a class on human sexuality, was submitted anonymously to us and we wanted to share it to raise awareness on this issue,’ said club president Joshua Recalde-Martinez, a sophomore majoring in political science, to the Huffington Post.
‘We want other students to know that we will help protect them against the constant leftist indoctrination we are experiencing in class by exposing behavior like this.’
In a letter, an attorney representing the club, Shawn Steel, called the professor’s statements ‘inflammatory’ and ‘extreme.’
‘Several of her students were shocked by her behavior,’ the lawyer wrote to the school administration.
‘She’s using her power as a teacher who gives grades, with a captive audience, to basically scare and shame students,’ said Steel, a former chairman of the California Republican Party, as reported by the OC Register.
‘It’s alarming. It’s scare-mongering. It’s irrational. It’s a rant — and it doesn’t belong in the classroom,’ Steel added.
The attorney wants the professor to apologize and take an anger-management class, the OC Register reported.
As of Friday morning, the video had been seen by more than 19,000 people and shared some 363 times.
Cox, who has taught at OCC for 30 years, has not made a statement regarding the incident.
But her union, the Coast Federation of Educators, said on Facebook: ‘This is an illegal recording without the permission of the instructor. The student who is sitting in assigned seating will be identified and maybe be facing legal action.
California’s education code says electronic classroom recordings are prohibited — and students in willful violation face disciplinary action.
School officials are still investigating the complaint against the professor and the context in which the comments were said, Harkins told the OC Register.
‘Orange Coast College supports the respectful discussion or discourse of ideas and opinions that exist between students, faculty and staff or the community,’ Harkins told the newspaper.
‘One of the real purposes of the college experience is to share and interact with people who have different opinions on complex issues.’