Cypress College instructor on leave after interrupting, objecting to student’s pro-police argument – Redlands Daily Facts | #College. | #Students

An adjunct professor at Cypress College took a leave of absence after she was seen interrupting a student who referred to police as heroes and prevented him from responding to her criticism during a recorded online class session.

The student, Braden Ellis, 19, of Cypress was making a presentation on the term “cancel culture” to his Communications 100C class when the exchange took place during a recorded Zoom meeting that has since gone viral. The instructor involved in the matter will be absent from her position “for the duration of her assignment at Cypress College,” school officials wrote in a statement Friday, April 30.

“Any efforts to suppress free and respectful expression on our campus will not be tolerated,” Cypress College officials said in the statement. The college also said this was her first course at the college and she had previously indicated her intention to not return in the fall.

The instructor of Ellis’s class critiques his support for the portrayal of law enforcement in the media as heroes during the Zoom call recorded Wednesday, April 28. She goes on to disrupt him multiple times as he attempts to respond.

The student persisted in defending law enforcement, but did concede that not all police are heroes and some have committed crimes. He attempts to follow up on that point, but is unable to continue as the adjunct professor speaks over him.

“A lot of police officers have committed atrocious crimes and gotten away with it and have never been convicted of it,” the teacher said in the recording. “And I say this as a person who has family members who are police officers,” she continues just as Ellis opens his mouth to speak.

The teacher’s identity was not made public over the weekend and efforts to locate her for comment were not immediately successful. The class she was teaching was her first course at that campus as an adjunct professor.

Ellis declined to name his instructor during an interview with the Southern California News Group. He said he did not support anyone who was calling for her termination or making threats against her after the recording began circulating in the media. He was aware of the potential irony of opponents of so-called “cancel culture” demanding that the school fire someone based on their political views.

“I’m a student, that means I’m not going to bag on her,” Ellis said. “She has authority, and that means I give her respect. But it would be nice to get it back, and I would always hear her out.

He described the teacher of his communication class as “a little rude,” and said she had a habit of cutting students off when they spoke during class. She did so to people expressing both conservative and liberal views, Ellis said.

“I don’t think she had anything against me personally, just against my argument for police,” he said.

However, Ellis accused his professor and others in academia of pushing progressive values onto their students. He noted that the class she was teaching was an entry level communications course, and is not a part of the school’s social sciences curriculum. But topics surrounding race, gender and politics were regularly brought forth by his teacher during class, Ellis said.

“Why does she have to bring in biased liberal ideology and stick that down our throats?” Ellis said. “We’re learning about white privilege, and what does that have to do with anything?  I was supposed to take this class to lean how to speak better.”

The school is reviewing the full recording of the session and “will address it fully in the coming days,” Cypress College officials said in the Friday statement.

The instructor’s behavior was condemned by the National Fraternal Order of Police, a labor group representing law enforcement with chapters throughout the country. In a Tweet, the group said too many college campuses have become “indoctrination farms” staffed by teachers who are “unwilling to accept anything but their own opinions as fact.”

Ellis is still enrolled in the communications class, which has about three weeks of instruction remaining. He said a substitute instructor has been assigned, and he looks forward to the lecture on Monday.

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