Wednesday, March 28, 2012
A situation we all dread. From Inside Higher Ed:
The YouTube video of a Florida Atlantic University student losing control last week in a classroom and threatening her classmates has gone viral, disturbing many who teach in college classrooms. Campus safety experts say that the clip reveals challenges faced by faculty members who are usually the first point of contact when it comes to disruption in the classroom -- and who sometimes may not be trained on how to respond.
The incident at Florida Atlantic ended when campus police used a Taser on the student and took her to a mental health center, but not before she had uttered a stream of racially charged profanities, screamed death threats and smacked at least one classmate.
The link contains the video, which is very graphic and violent. It also offers advice: immediately cancel the class and call security, before the matter begins to escalate.
Watching the video, I see a young instructor who is probably a teaching assistant and dressed very casually, like a student, and who just stands there passively, presumably because he has no idea what to do. I would instruct a TA to dress authoritatively for the job and give him or her some training on how to handle difficult students.