College Professor's New Teaching Method Backfires When He Scares His Students So Bad They All Call The Police On Him

FOXStudents attending a lecture at Tarrant County College were so frightened by their professor’s behavior during a recent class that they had to leave the room.

When TCC Adjunct Professor Daniel Mashburn walked into his Astronomy class Tuesday night, several students were alarmed by his behavior. Some thought it was a joke while others called police.

Student April McLeod says her teacher got to class about 20 minutes late and turned off the lights and was wearing a ball cap, a toboggan, a scarf over his face and gloves. She says Mashburn never took any of it off even when police questioned him after responding to calls from students.

“The kid next to me had said he was acting very strange, looked over at the girl next to me seemed very scared,” McLeod said.

Students say the professor talked about the Koran and the moon and the dark night and seemed incoherent and never discussed anything astronomy-related.

“Mostly he was talking about different things of the Muslim faith,” McLeod said. “I was in class for about five minutes. He kept messing with his pocket and you could tell there was an object in the right-hand pocket. And whenever he went to pull out his hand, I started having this really bad feeling and jumped up and ran out of the classroom.”

Classic backfire.  I gotta give credit to this guy – at least he was trying to switch it up.  How many times can you walk into the same classroom, put the same leather bag down on the same chair, and give the same 50 minute lecture?  It’s no wonder college kids are so tuned out all the time, it’s repetitive and boring.  Also they are drunk and high and hungover.  But also repetitive and boring.  So Professor Mashburn went for a new approach.  Tried to get everyone on their toes. This is academia people.  We’re trying to stimulate the young mind here.   You want to just sit and read a textbook, be my guest, but go to some other loser professor’s class.  THIS GUY

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Does not “teach from the book.”

In all seriousness I expected this story to be about some pretentious douchey academic pulling some kind of stunt for the sake of higher learning.  Nope, just a crazy guy.  Like legitimately clinically identifiable as insane.

Here’s his interview with police, via Fox –  

Mashburn agreed to speak with FOX 4 Reporter Brandon Todd, but he refused to come down from his apartment balcony for the interview.

Todd: Are you aware that you scared some of those students?

Mashburn: Why should they be afraid?

Todd: Well you wouldn’t show your face.

Mashburn: Many people do not show their faces. And in many countries, they do not show their faces.

Todd: Well here in America, we tend to usually show our face when we are a professor at a college. That’s typically the standard.

Mashburn: Oh, yes. But I do not answer to your standard. I am not a Christian. I am not a Jew. I’m a Muslim.

Mashburn repeatedly deflected questions and several times said his teaching of astronomy goes hand in hand with Islam.

Todd: When you interviewed with Tarrant County College to get this job, did you explain to them your teaching philosophy?

Mashburn: I keep it secret. I keep it safe. I do my best, but I am tired of hiding in the shadows. I am tired of fearing their law. I fear Allah.

Todd: What do you have to say to those students who were frightened enough last night they had to call 911?

Mashburn: I do not know why they fear me. Why are they afraid? I’m a man who covers his face in his hand. I offer you nothing but the Koran a book and the universe. The universe is in my hand right here. You can look at it.