Adult student penalized for one curse word
The largest community college in Mississippi barred a 30-year-old student from a speech course because a professor became upset when the student uttered one curse word after class was over.
The Hinds Community College student was not accused of cursing, but rather with “flagrant disrespect on any person on college owned or controlled property.”
This is what happened, according to an audio recording of the hearing against the student, Isaac Rosenbloom.
Rosenbloom stayed after class to review a bad grade he got on a speech. At one point, he said, to another student, “This is going to going to [expletive] up my entire GPA.”
The teacher, Barbara Pyle, immediately became upset, by both her written account and Rosenbloom’s and told him he couldn’t speak like that. Rosenbloom said she told him she was sending him to “detention,” but he noted that there was no detention at community college for 30-year-old students.
Pyle reported him to the dean, and in her statement, said that Rosenbloom was not welcome back in her class. He also received 12 demerits—three short of suspension.
“Outside of official class time, HCC has no authority to punish a student for cursing in this way or for being ‘disrespectful,’” said Adam Kissel, Director of FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program. FIRE is a nonprofit educational foundation that fights for free speech.
Should Rosenbloom have been thrown out of the class, or did the teacher overreact?
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| May 18, 2010; 12:54 PM ET
Categories: Higher Education | Tags: cursing at college
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