Professor Calls Cops On Students 2 Minutes Late To Class

A viral video claims that students were escorted from a classroom by college police officers for showing up to class 2 minutes late.

By Erika Hanson | Published

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There has long been a stigma regarding college-level educators and their treatment of paying students. Many believe that professors shouldn’t have the same degree of punishment, especially when it comes to college attendance, that teachers in public K-12 schools have, as college is not a necessity. And once again, this case in point was highlighted after a viral Tik Tok video showcased the alleged mistreatment of two students inside a university classroom where the college police were called in to remove them after they showed up to class two minutes late. 

The now-viral Tik Tok video was shared by Bria Blake, a student at Georgia State University. In the video, Blake claimed that her English assistant professor, Clarissa Gray, called college police into the classroom when two classmates, named Taylor and Kamryn, showed up for class two minutes late. The classroom was located in the Perimeter College building. 

Blake claims to have witnessed the outlandish event and detailed everything that happened that day in her video. According to her, the professor asked the students to leave when they arrived late, even though the classroom door was still open. Blake explained that after the students refused to leave saying they had a right since they paid to be there, the professor left the classroom and returned with two armed college police officers.  

Blake also claims that the two students only left the classroom after the college police officers threatened to charge the students with trespassing. She also stated that one of the officers grabbed the students belonging and attempted to physically remove her from the class. According to Blake, the college students in the class were “terrified.”

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According to Blake’s comments in the video, she believes the act was intentionally targeted at the two students as an act of retaliation for something that occurred earlier in the semester. Daily Mail reached out to the university for comment, and a spokesperson told the news outlet that Gray is no longer teaching in-person classes as the school opens up an investigation into the incident involving college police officers. While the teacher remains out of the classroom, she is allowed to continue teaching an asynchronous online class. 

The incident that went down involving the college police recently at the Georgia State University campus sheds light on an age-old debate within colleges. By and large, college students have long argued about unfair practices in place by college professors. As it stands, most universities let each professor create their own syllabus, and that largely leaves attendance and policies up to each educator. Students often leave high school with the notion that they will have more freedom in college only to be bogged down by strict attendance policies that often tell paying students that they will receive automatic Fs for not meeting attendance standards. Proponents of this argue that since college isn’t mandatory, nor “free” like public education, it should be left in the hands of the paying customers as to when they show up to class.

On the other spectrum, those who argue in favor of attendance policies say that it is a necessity so that students who attend class can contribute to class discussions and group work. Similarly, they argue that attendance policies promote professionalism that will echo on after they leave college and head into the workforce. But moreover, in this case, the argument can be made that calling in college police was overkill in regards to attendance policies.