In February, California State University, Fullerton professor Eric Canin physically assaulted a College Republicans member in broad daylight. After a brief suspension, he has returned to teaching.
The professor managed to get away nothing more than a slap on the wrist thanks largely to the support of socialist activists on campus, who blocked efforts by the College Republicans to pass a resolution against physical assaults committed by professors on campus.
In February, members of the Students for Justice in Palestine marched across school grounds to protest President Trump’s executive order on immigration when they met a small counter-protest from a group of College Republicans.
The professor, who was later identified as Eric Canin, came up alongside the marching College Republicans, where he traded a few words and then assaulted College Republican Bryce Ingalls. Eyewitnesses described the professor as taking offense to their presence, and attempted to grab a sign that another College Republican was holding. When Bryce saw what was happening, he attempted to separate the professor from the student and was struck in the face.
“The professor’s actions were completely wrong and unwarranted to respond in a physically violent way to a student on the basis of simply disagreeing with his politics,” said Amanda McGuire, vice president of the CSUF College Republicans to Campus Reform in February.
The professor is a part-time faculty member who specializes in cultural anthropology, as listed on the Cal State Fullerton website. The university itself refused to identify the professor, but campus state police acknowledged that a report was filed for “battery”, and that a CSUF student pressed charges.
Since the incident, Canin only received three months suspension over the summer. Following two investigations—one internally by the school, and one externally by police—it was determined that he could return to teaching.
Speaking exclusively to MILO, Cal State Fullerton College Republicans spokesperson Brooke Paz described how a socialist organization on campus called SQE, or “Students For Quality Education” successfully blocked the College Republicans’ efforts to pass a resolution in the student government to get members of faculty who assault students fired.
Although dubbed a “student organization,” SQE also includes people who also work on campus. It has been funded by the California Faculty Association for the past two years and has opposed the College Republicans and conservatives in general through attempts to stifle their freedom of speech. The group also opposed MILO’s presence on campus and attempted to get both him and his speech denounced.
“As a student organization we have brought a lot of attention to the issue of violent professors especially on this campus, through our attempts to pass legislation with the student government or press releases, through tabling on campus… said and that just obviously went nowhere because that professor is still teaching, so that’s unfortunate,” said Paz.
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