A California college student and professor who he recorded criticizing Trump during the class have both fallen under fire amid threats of expulsion and legal action. It is the latest in string of incidences involving teachers expressing their views on President-elect Donald Trump in the classroom.
During a political discussion, Orange Coast College professor Ogla Perez Stable Cox is heard on a recording calling Trump’s election “an act of terrorism.”
“Our nation is divided. We have been assaulted. It is an act of terrorism,” she told the students.
College student, Josh Recalde-Martinez, a member of the school’s Young Republicans Club, told CBSLA he found the remarks insulting and made a video recording of the critique which he posted on YouTube, and it was later shared on Facebook.
Cox, who teaches a course on human sexuality, went on to critique Trump’s cabinet picks, advisers and vice-president elect, Mike Pence.
“A white supremacist and a vice president that is one of the most anti-gay humans in this country,” she said.
Recalde-Martinez told CBSLA at that point “it’s not even education anymore. It’s indoctrination.”
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A lawyer for the Republicans Club filed a formal complaint against the professor accusing her of “hate speech and bullying tactics.”
Coast Federation of Educations circulated a letter on Thursday defending Cox.
“This video violates the Coast District student code of conduct and California Education code,” they wrote. “The student(s) involved will be facing discipline.”