A Texas college professor’s no-nonsense response to student protests of the election has become a viral hit.
Texas Tech professor Terry McInturff left his students a photocopy of an article detailing how some colleges and universities were coddling students who were upset over Donald Trump’s victory on Election Day, KLBK-TV reported.
He also added a copy of his own opinion:
“After reading the article and reflecting on my often repeated statement to you that “I don’t care how you FEEL, I care what you THINK,” it occurred to me that perhaps I have been a bit too harsh. Therefore, in the spirit of dealing with the wounds of those feeling grief and unbearable angst over the election, Kim’s tragic Paris robbery, the heart wrenching Brangelina break-up or other similar tragedy, I would like to do my part. While I can’t offer “arts and crafts” or a “therapy dog,” the Energy Commerce Department has arranged for free hugs from our therapy boa constrictor. Please go to room 139 to schedule a session should you feel the need.
Have a great day. It’s great to be a Red Raider!”
“It was tongue in cheek,” McInturff said. “It was a joke and they took it as a joke. Apparently some people on the east coast did not take it as a joke.”
Students of the Energy Commerce professor, who has been teaching for 13 years, know how tough he can be but also understand his sense of humor, according to KLBK.
They shared his message on social media where McInturff said it garnered more than 7,000 likes on Instagram as well as landing an interview with Newsweek.
“Here in West Texas we are a little different,” McInturff said he told the reporter. “We’re a little more thick-skinned. And hopefully a little more realistic about how the world operates.”
He noted that this was a good thing, otherwise many of the students would not even survive the semester.
“I think the worst thing we can do as educators is to tell the students you are ready to hit the real world, you’re going to be a success when they are really not ready,” McInturff told KLBK. “So, our job is to prepare them for the ups and downs of life and not protect them from everything that comes along that doesn’t agree with their current world view.”
A refreshing perspective on a college campus these days, though no one yet has taken McInturff up special hugs offer.
“I haven’t had any requests for hugs from the boa constrictor yet,” McInturff said.
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