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Nevada college professor shoots himself in the arm to protest Trump
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Trump Derangement Syndrome might be a more serious condition than previously thought.
A college professor in Nevada allegedly shot himself in the arm while on campus to protest President Donald Trump last month, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Tuesday.
He’s now facing felony gun charges.
Professor shoots himself to protest Trump
Mark Bird, a sociology professor at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN), was found by police on the morning of August 28 with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Richard Lake, a CSN spokesman, said. He reportedly told the cops that he shot himself near a campus bathroom to protest Trump.
The police found a $100 bill taped to the bathroom mirror with a note reading, “for the janitor.” They also discovered a .22 caliber pistol and an empty shell casing.
Several witnesses heard a loud noise, then saw Bird stumbling out of the bathroom, bleeding, before falling down. They called 911. Bird reportedly told a student who was near the bathroom at the time that “he’s protesting Trump and that he shot himself because of that.”
An employee at the college who saw Bird walk into the bathroom before hearing the loud noise said that Bird told her, “Against Trump” and started “rambling…about all that was going on in the country.”
He was treated for the wound and charged with carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, discharging a gun within a prohibited structure and possessing a dangerous weapon on school property. He’s facing a preliminary hearing on September 17 in Las Vegas.
Campus on alert
The professor may have hoped to win the sympathy of fellow Trump haters, but the shooting put the college on high alert. Robert Manis, president of the college’s faculty union, said that the college didn’t give students or faculty much information, allowing frightening “rumors” to spread.
“They never really told the students much about it except that it was resolved on the actual day of the shooting,” he said. “When you don’t give the full details, then rumors go crazy. It’s unfortunate because it made the students and faculty very afraid and allowed rumors to proliferate.”
Bird, who joined the faculty in 1993, was still employed as a professor emeritus at the college as of the Review-Journal’s report Tuesday. However, he isn’t scheduled to teach any courses this fall. It’s not clear if the college plans to punish him with any disciplinary action.
Bird agreed to speak with FOX from jail on Wednesday, but he wouldn’t say much about the shooting or his political beliefs.
“I don’t want to go into detail,” Bird said. “It’s too complex for a 30 or 60-minute news segment.”
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