Well, the new semester has just started. As some of you know, I'm a college professor. I was in my large lecture course yesterday (a couple hundred students). After I introduced myself I provided an overview the syllabus (e.g. discussed grading, exams, course policies, etc.). I stressed that the course policies were firm, and that there's a "no late work policy" that is quite strict.
A male student who was seated in the middle of the lecture hall (just slightly in on the right hand side) who had very dark hair and a medium-dark complexion (I couldn't discern the student's ethnicity) asked if I would still feel that way if I had a gun held to me and how I would answer then. I went on as if he had asked the most normal question in the world, reiterating that the course policies were firm.
On my campus a few years ago we had a campus shooting involving a young guy who went around and shot a few people. I was on campus that day, and I was in the next building over. We were put on lock down during that time until cleared by security. That experience, along with campus shootings around the country AND the Arizona shootings that have been in the news lately, well...you can probably see why I am a little jumpy. Plus it's a large lecture course. I have no idea who his identity is. I wonder if I will recognize him in class tomorrow (out of the two hundred + who will be there, I can't always pick out faces).
Either the student is either dangerous/unbalanced, OR socially inept jackass.
So what do you think? Would you consider this a threat? I am emailing the dean and the head of campus security after posting this. Mainly I'm doing this to document what happened in case something more happens.
Wish me luck tomorrow (and the rest of the semester). Oh, and for anyone who wants to scream at me for being racist for mentioning ethnicity and esp. a darker skin tone and hair color, I hope it's obvious why I have done that. I've mentioned the few attributes I know about him as I don't know his name, and I am just documenting...just in case.
Because I have young children, I am much more jumpy than I used to be over these types of incidents.
Again, wish me luck.