A college professor from California has been placed on administrative leave after he berated a student who is hard of hearing during a virtual class on Zoom. The video of the incident was shared on TikTok.
In the video, Oxnard College professor Michal Abram can be heard saying:
“Why didn’t you answer all the times I spoke to you, then? You know, thank you. Thank you.
Why don’t we talk sometimes—why don’t you email me? We’ll set up a live Zoom and we’re going to have some real communication at some point and time. Maybe you can have your counselor join us? Okay? Do you hear me? Okay, wonderful, do that.”
Abram repeatedly interrupted the student in the video and said that he’s ‘significantly disappointed’ in her inability to learn the class material. When Salazar, the student, tried to explain that she’s hard of hearing and she must learn via a translator next to her, Abram said that she should have them teach her the whole class, as it makes sense to him.
“I don’t know, I don’t understand it, but I see you laughing and smiling and giggling with somebody else.” – he added.
Another student can be heard trying to explain that Salazar’s hearing is impaired, but the professor was still outraged and said that she’s just not paying attention and she’s not trying.
Disgusting Male-Karen Professor (of Ventura College) attempts to humiliate a hard-of-hearing student on Zoom. pic.twitter.com/tIr02S6BBF
— Karen (@crazykarens) February 19, 2021
The Ventura County Community College District has since responded to the incident, saying that they’ve already launched an investigation into the situation.
District Chancellor Greg Gillespie said that they’re taking the incident very seriously, and the professor has since been put to paid administrative leave.
A Message from Oxnard College’s President pic.twitter.com/OsIfCcZM4Y
— Oxnard College (@OxnardCollege) February 19, 2021