An adjunct professor of Astronomy in Texas terrified students earlier this week when he unleashed a bizarre rant about the Koran and the moon while dressed in black and covering his face, according to Fox News.
Students eventually called the police on Daniel Mashburn to report his erratic behavior.
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Students told FOX4 that Mashburn walked in about 20 minutes late and promptly turned off the lights. He was wearing a baseball hat, a beanie, a scarf over his face and gloves.
“The kid next to me had said he was acting very strange, and I looked over at the girl next to me and she seemed very scared,” student April McLeod said.
The students said Mashburn then started talking about the Muslim holy book the Koran and the moon and the dark night.
“Mostly he was talking about different things of the Muslim faith,” McLeod said. “I was in class for about five minutes. He kept messing with his pocket and you could tell there was an object in the right-hand pocket. And whenever he went to pull out his hand, I started having this really bad feeling and jumped up and ran out of the classroom.”
She added: “At one point he stood face-to-face with the board of the classroom and was just talking to the board.”
Campus police came to the room and searched Mashburn. He did not have any harmful or illegal objects in his possession.
He was not arrested at the scene.
When reached by FOX4 News, Mashburn seemed to deflect many questions and said several times his teaching of astronomy goes hand-in-hand with Islam.
“I keep it secret. I keep it safe. I do my best, but I am tired of hiding in the shadows,” he said when asked if he explained his teaching philosophy when he interviewed for the position. “I am tired of fearing their law. I fear Allah.”
When asked specifically about the incident Tuesday night, Mashburn said he didn’t understand why they feared him.
“Why are they afraid? I’m a man who covers his face in his hand,” he said. “I offer you nothing but the Koran, a book and the universe. The universe is in my hand right here. You can look at it.”
College officials said they are investigating the incident. In the meantime, Mashburn said he was suspended indefinitely.
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When television reporters confronted Mashburn about covering his face in the classroom, he defended himself.
“I do not answer to your standard. I am not a Christian. I am not a jew. I am a muslim,” he told them.
Mashburn conceded to media that the school was not aware of his teaching style when he was hired to work at the school.
“I keep it secret, I keep it safe,” he said. “I am tired of hiding in the shadows. I am tired of fearing their law. I fear Allah.”
Tarrant County College said very little in response to questions by the media about the incident.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.