Video Surfaces of Angry Prof Telling Student, 'F--- Your Life'

Howard Finkelstein didn't exactly hold back
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2018 11:40 AM CDT
Updated Apr 21, 2018 2:10 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A professor's profanity-laced outburst has prompted an apology from his school and shed light on his ongoing political feud with a conservative student, the Star-Ledger reports. Howard Finkelstein, who teaches sociology at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey, was recently caught on video shouting "f--- your life" at student Christopher Lyle as the two debated sexual harassment. "In a recent class, a faculty member acted in an uncivil manner," says the college in a statement. "We apologize to this student and to all students in the classroom for the way in which this faculty member behaved." Finkelstein was discussing how women are targeted by sexual harassment when Lyle cut in, saying men can also be victimized by women, Fox News reports.

Finkelstein punctuated their heated exchange by slamming his hand on his desk and making his unkind remark. The next day, Lyle was removed from class by a school official who wanted to make sure that Lyle, a gun owner, wasn't angry enough to retaliate with violence, Lyle tells the Star-Ledger. Lyle has accepted the school's apology but Finkelstein hasn't responded to media inquiries. Seems this is all part of an ongoing feud in which the two spar in class and Finkelstein's office, but at least one student in their sociology class considers it an unwanted distraction. "I’m paying to get an education and I’m watching [Finkelstein] preach to another student," Joey Smith, who shot the video, tells the Asbury Park Press. "I'm not learning anything there." (Read more sexual assault stories.)

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