They called the cops! The students who were listening to their professor’s lecture became so frightened that they called the police on the teacher. The teacher’s behavior was so strange that it freaked out the students and they called the cops. The professor, a Tarrant County College (TCC) adjunct named Daniel Mashburn, is an astronomy teacher and a self-proclaimed Muslim.
Instead of teaching class like his job description requires him to do, he was busy scaring students with bizarre behavior that made students afraid. They called the cops. They walked out. They watched the police figure out what’s going on. That’s when things became even more strange.
It all began when the Muslim professor arrived 20 minutes late to class. He walked in with his face covered, turned off the lights, and started acting very odd as he spoke of the Muslim religion. He was supposed to teach astronomy, but he was babbling about Islam with a hidden face and students were alarmed.
One student became very alerted as the Muslim professor was fidgeting with his pocket. She probably didn’t know if that was a device to detonate an explosive, a gun, or another weapon. Either way, students did not like what they saw, and it prompted many to leave the scene that could’ve been explosive in the worst case scenario.
The cops arrived on the scene and inspected and talked with professor Mashburn. Cops didn’t find a weapon or detonation device in his pocket and Mashburn was not arrested, but that does not explain nor excuse his erratically bizarre and scary behaviors. Every student walked out except for two who were brave enough to stay behind and watch the cops arrive.
Fox 4 News has more on the incident:
“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.”
McLeod took a video of her astronomy professor being searched by campus police outside her classroom. Police found nothing on the professor.
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.”
The police and TCC administrators say they’re investigating the situation. They must understand how the students felt. They expected an astrology lesson but received babblings about Islam and a frightful show from an obviously disturbed professor.
The Muslim professor was suspended indefinitely for the incoherent incident that frightened students and required them to call the police.