Olga Perez Stable Cox teaches human sexuality at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California. When she blasted President-elect Trump in a recent class, one of her students recorded it on a cell phone. The OCC Young Republicans, after seeing the video, posted it online. And now the student who recorded the video could face disciplinary action.
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The release of the video caused protest and demonstrations of support on campus and Professor Cox reportedly received so many threats that she’s gone into hiding out of state.
“[Trump is a]…white supremacist and a vice president that is 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. Our nation is divided, we have been assaulted, it’s an act of terrorism,” she told her class.
“One of the most frightening things for me and most people in my life is that the people creating the assault are among us. It is not some stranger from some other country coming and attacking our sense of what it means to be an American and the things that we stand for and that makes it more painful because I’m sure that all of us have people in our families and our circle of friends that are part of that movement and it is very difficult….”
“We are way beyond Republicans and Democrats, and we’re really being back to being at civil war–I don’t mean that in a fighting way but our nation is divided as clearly as it was in Civil War times.”
What caught most people’s attention is the phrase about Trump’s election constituting an “act of terrorism.” A professor, in a college, a college in the United States of America is not only openly engaging in vote shaming, but accusing any of her students who supported Trump of being terrorists.
Episodes of abuse of power such as this often make headlines. Now the case is getting more complex. As The Daily Wire reports, the student is now under attack for making the tirade public knowledge.
The Coast Federation of Educators, AFT local chapter 1911 has come to the defense of Professor Cox. “This is an illegal recording without the permission of the instructor,” they posted on Facebook. “The student who is sitting in assigned seating will be identified and may be facing legal action.”
“…such behavior, like secret classroom recordings, violate the professor’s course syllabus, the Coast Community College District Code of Student Conduct, and the California Educational Code, section 78907, which exist to provide a robust, learning environment for all students irrespective of their opinions.”
Is there merit for the claim? California Educational Code, section 78907 makes it clear that there is:
The use by any person, including a student, of any electronic listening or recording device in any classroom without the prior consent of the instructor is prohibited, except as necessary to provide reasonable auxiliary aids and academic adjustments to disabled students. Any person, other than a student, who willfully violates this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Any student violating this section shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
The union has since backed off of their threats to sue. Yet there’s no official word from the college. The College Republicans have written to Dennis Harkins, president of the college, asking that he issue a formal statement exonerating the student. They also want Cox to be sanctioned for her blatant abuse of power.