Hell hath no fury like a teacher’s union scorned.
Orange County College social sciences professor Olga Perez Stable Cox was secretly recorded saying that Donald Trump’s election win was an “act of terrorism” in front of her class. Now, the teacher’s union she’s a member of is out for blood.
However, they’re not upset with Cox’s remarks that diminish actual acts of terrorism. Instead, they want to pursue legal action against the student who filmed her rant without her permission.
Students from Cox’s class spoke to CBS2’s Stacey Butler about how ridiculous the whole incident was
“It was kind of just shocking,” said Tanner Webb.
“Students shouldn’t be shamed for their political beliefs,” Noah Ferber opined. “Or who they vote for.”
Both Webb and Ferber reportedly kept quiet to protect their grades, but felt they needed to come forward after the student who filmed the rant was threatened with a suspension and expulsion.
After the viral video ended, Cox started provoking her students who supported Trump to stand up.
“She was saying dehumanizing things about Trump supporters,” Webb said, noting he was squirming in his seat. “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.’”
Webb continued, “Nobody wants to stand up and be publicly humiliated by a teacher who holds the power in the classroom like that.”
The teacher’s union is standing behind Cox and said that she was set-up.
“We think it was unethical of the student to do what they did,” said the union president. He noted that the video was edited to make Cox look worse and that she was simply using hyperbole and exaggeration. “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.”
While safe spaces are asinine, Webb said it’s not about being coddled, but instead they’re being bullied.
“If I fail this class because I spoke out on something I believe in,” said Webb. “Then I could care less.”
Watch Orange County College students Tanner Webb and Noah Ferber speaking about their professor’s rant below: