Everything was peaches and female sexual selection in Dr. Stephen Kajiura’s evolution class late Tuesday morning, when one student lost her cool and ended up threatening the professor and students with violence and assaulting an administrator. According to the Youtube page description for the video capturing the incident, the traits female peacocks look for in mates — feather size matters, guys — proved the last semblance of academic discussion the class was to have that day.
“How does evolution kill black people?” Jonatha Carr asked Professor Kajiura according to FAU’s University Press. He tried to explain that evolution doesn’t kill anyone; but that was not the answer Carr was looking for, apparently. The student’s emotions flared. She repeated the question several times, and what resulted is in the video below.
Another video shows Carr — who has been helping organize a bus trip to Sanford to demand justice for Trayvon Martin — being hauled away in handcuffs.
, and possibly Tasered. The latter hasn’t been confirmed, however, as the video, shot on a cell phone, is more than a tad shaky. Nor is it clear, if she was in fact Tasered, why it occurred at such a late point. WSVN reports police used a Taser once she was in the squad car and that she was later hospitalized and expelled.
Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take long for students to post the incident on Reddit and Tosh.0‘s Facebook page. Or for racist vitriol to tar the video’s comment section on Youtube. (The video’s title “Crazy Chick From FAU Has an Opinion” also leaves something to be desired.) And there’s already a meme. Aside from aforementioned racist comment thread, no one was injured. Unless, of course, you count the collective realization that we can no longer freak out in public without getting famous. Updates to come.
FAU released the following statement Wednesday morning:
The FAU Police Department was alerted of a significant disturbance caused by a student in a classroom in the General Classrooms South building at FAU’s Boca Raton campus the afternoon of Tuesday, March 20.
In order to provide for the safety of all concerned, the student had to be physically removed from the classroom by two FAU employees. The FAU Police Department escorted the student off of campus property and transported her to a local hospital for examination in accordance with Florida’s Baker Act.
In light of today’s information, the Dean of Students is taking immediate action regarding this student.
The health, safety and welfare of FAU students, faculty and staff are of utmost importance. To that end, the FAU Police Department and the Division of Student Affairs continues to do all it can to ensure a safe environment for the FAU campus community.
Charles Brown, Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs at FAU