The professor from the California college, caught in front of the camera, torturing a student to support the police, took leave after the video went viral.
An unnamed Cypress College teacher got into a heated argument with her 19-year-old student Brandon Ellis when she said she thought the police were “heroes.”
Ellis told Fox & Friends Weekend on Saturday that he believed his teacher was trying to catch him in a “gotcha” moment, but he remained calm throughout the exchange.
“I think they’re heroes, in a way, because they come to your needs and help you,” Ellis said during a video call first reported by the Daily Wire. According to the video, the professor repeatedly interrupts and talks about Ellis while trying to defend his opinion after a presentation.
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The exchange attracted enough attention that the teacher eventually took leave and Cypress College issued a statement in support of the exchange of ideas.
“Cypress College prides itself on promoting a learning environment for students where ideas and opinions are exchanged as a vital part of the educational journey,” said a statement posted on the college’s website. “Our community fully embraces this culture; students often defend each other’s rights to freedom of expression, even when opinions differ. Any effort to suppress free and respectful expression on our campus will not be tolerated.”
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The teacher is an assistant who had no intention of returning in the fall to teach more classes.
The teacher’s leave will be “during her appointment at Cypress College,” the statement said. Cypress College said it is reviewing the full exchange between teacher and student and will deal with it more fully.
Asked if he was worried that the teacher might punish him for his remarks, Ellis admitted that he really thought about what would happen as a result of the exchange.
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“When I saw the video recorded in our Zoom … of her, I was worried about my grade and my class and my future at this college, but I think the students … shouldn’t be afraid to talk,” Ellis said. .
He urged students to use “tenderness” and “respect” when defending their beliefs.