After calling Donald Trump’s winning the election an “act of terrorism” during one of her lectures, California professor Olga Perez Stable Cox has gone into hiding because she started receiving death threats.
Cox, who teaches human sexuality at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, was secretly recorded by one of her students, who then posted the video of her rant on Facebook. The video prompted a firestorm of death threats, including over 1,000 emails and threatening phone calls, and caused Cox to flee the state.
“You want communism, go to Cuba […] try to bring it to America and we’ll put a [expletive] bullet in your face,” one email read, according to Rob Schneiderman, president of the Coast Federation of Educators/American Federation of Teachers Local 1911 that represents Cox, noting that another email threatened to share her home address online, reports the OC Register.
“Our nation is divided. We have been assaulted. It is an act of terrorism,” Cox said in the video. “One of the most frightening things for me and most people in my life is that the people creating the assault are among us.”
Later in the video, Cox also criticized Vice President-elect Mike Pence, calling him “one of the most anti-gay humans in the country,” and said that the United States is as divided “as it was in Civil War times.”
On Monday, a few hundred students and faculty members gathered on campus to support Cox and to carry signs advocating for free speech. Some, however, did not approve of her using her platform as a teacher to push her political views in the classroom. The gathering led to a counter-demonstration, including members from the school’s Young Republicans group, in which protesters held up signs displaying Cox’s comments.
The teacher’s union has announced that the student who recorded Cox’s lecture could face legal action because the video is in violation of the student code of conduct. Cox is expected to return to work after the New Year.