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NY college professor caught verbally abusing pro-life students and wrecking their display

By Sarah May
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May 23, 2023

A shocking scene went viral on social media this week when video emerged of a New York City professor lashing out at pro-life students who were manning an on-campus display, as the Daily Mail reports.

Shellyne Rodriguez, an adjunct instructor at the School of Visual Arts at Hunter College -- part of the public City University of New York -- took issue with the students' informational literature and overall message, which she declared to be “propaganda” before tossing their materials off their table.

Tirade Caught on Video

The video footage was posted to social media by the group Students for Life of America, and it shows Rodriguez's angry interaction earlier this month with students whose viewpoint she clearly did not appreciate.

Upon noticing the pro-life table, Rodriguez confronted one of the students by declaring, “You're not educating s**t.”

Not content to let the matter rest there, the adjunct instructor continued on, saying, “This is f***ing propaganda. What are you going to do, like, anti-trans next?”

Suggesting that the presence of pro-life information was inflicting tangible harm on the university community, Rodriguez stated, “This is bulls**t. This is violent. You're triggering my students.”

Confrontation Escalates

In an attempt to tamp down the tension, a male student manning the pro-life table explained that, despite the instructor's assertion, issues such as transgenderism were not being discussed, saying, “I mean no, we're talking about abortion,” and he also apologized for “triggering” anyone who might have been so affected.

The student's efforts were in vain, however, as Rodriguez angrily replied that he was assuredly not sorry, “because you can't even have a f***ing baby.”

That is when things took a physical turn, with Rodriguez shoving the pro-life pamphlets off the table in the direction of the students offering them.

“F**k this s**t,” said Rodriguez, before storming off in a huff.

Pro-Abortion Group Defends Rodriguez

Despite the verbally and physically threatening nature of Rodriguez's encounter with the college students, a campus organization known as CUNY for Abortion Rights has spoken out in the instructor's defense, as the Mail notes.

In a Twitter post discussing the incident, the group asserted that Rodriguez had “constructively critiqued” the pro-life students and “took down items from the table.”

Characterizing Rodriguez's actions as “fully justified,” the group analogized her conduct to that of “a long CUNY legacy of activists confronting groups such as military recruiters who disseminate misleading information.”

Decrying the fact that National Students for Life posted video of the teacher's tirade on social media and subsequently garnered “thousands of comments demanding that Hunter fire her,” the group urged followers to stand against what it called “right wing anti-abortion backlash.”

Investigation Underway

A spokesperson for the school told Fox News Digital that administrators are aware of what occurred and are “taking this matter very seriously.”

“The provost has opened an investigation into the professor's actions,” the representative added, a development also acknowledged in the CUNY for Abortion Rights post in support of Rodriguez.

Though the outcome of talks between Rodriguez and the school's provost as well as its dean of Diversity and Compliance and Campus Relations remain unknown, the college has taken pains to declare itself to be an environment supportive of discourse and debate, saying through a spokesperson, “Hunter College prides itself on maintaining decorum and respect for all, while encouraging the free expression of ideas.”

“Students can display one side of a political issue, or more than one side. We consider our campus a vibrant marketplace of ideas,” the statement continued. However, it appears that Rodriguez, who describes herself as “community organizer” concentrating on “strategies of survival against erasure and subjugation,” is not necessarily on board with that approach.