Professor Wanted to Express His Distaste for President Trump — So He Shot Himself

| SEP 12, 2018 | 8:32 PM

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A Las Vegas professor was charged with discharging a gun in a prohibited structure after he shot himself to protest President Donald Trump.

The incident happened on August 28 at College of Southern Nevada. According to the report, police were called when faculty and students watched the professor collapse outside the bathroom, bleeding.

Sociology professor Mark J. Bird has been employed by the college since 1993. He shot himself in the arm and the police report claimed that he said he did it to protest Trump.

College president, Federico Zaragoza, briefly discussed the issue in the campus newsletter, saying “I appreciate all of the expressions of concern and interest, and I pledge to keep everyone updated should the situation change.”

Bird's injuries were not life-threatening, yet some faculty are worried about how the situation was handled.

“They never really told the students much about it except that it was resolved on the actual day of the shooting,” said Nevada Faculty Alliance president Robert Manis. “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.”

Whether Bird will be fired or reprimanded by the university is uncertain, and his preliminary hearing is set for September 17.