Student Who Filmed Professor Cussing Out Conservative: ‘Class Frequently Devolves Into Lectures Directed Specifically at Classmate’
A New Jersey community college professor is under investigation after being caught on camera berating a conservative student.
Brookdale Community College sociology professor Howard Finkelstein shouted “f— your life” while pounding his hand on a table after student Christopher Lyle stated that both men and women can be victims of sexual harassment.
The unhinged professor’s outburst took place during a Sociology 105, Intercultural Communication class Wednesday, according to a report from NJ Advance Media.
Lyle, 23, told the outlet that this was one of many disagreements he has had with the professor.
“I am being discriminated against at my school because of my beliefs,” Lyle said. “It’s a shame.”
Lyle told NJ Advance Media that the professor regularly tells him to “shut up,” has criticized him for owning a gun and dismissed his opinions as “the reason America is not great.”
Joey Smith, 26, the student who filmed the outburst, said that Finkelstein’s class frequently devolves into lectures directed specifically at Lyle. While he doesn’t necessarily share many of the views his classmate holds, he does not appreciate the way that Finkelstein treats him. He said that he filmed the outburst to show friends why he hates that course.
“He is basically just lecturing this one student for the whole period,” Smith said. “We are sitting there and he is speaking directly to Chris, going back and forth about personal thoughts.”
Advance Media reports that the day after the incident, Lyle was pulled out of another class by a college official and questioned about the fact that he is a gun owner. Lyle told the outlet that the official “wanted to make sure he wasn’t going to hurt anyone.”
In a statement, the college claimed that they do not discriminate based on personal beliefs.
“It is in the best interest of all members of our community for the college to do its due diligence when a student or employee mentions firearms during the process of an investigation,” the college said. “The matter concerning the student’s statements about firearms has been investigated and the incident is closed.”
Lyle says he will be returning to Finkelstein’s class while the investigation is underway.
“I have to stand up for myself and my beliefs,” he said. “I pay money to learn. I don’t pay money to get lectured on my beliefs.”