College professor shoots himself on campus to protest Donald Trump
According to court records, professor Mark J. Bird allegedly shot himself in the arm on school grounds in an effort to protest the president.
A Las Vegas professor at the College of Southern Nevada reportedly shot himself on the college campus in protest of President Donald Trump. The sociology professor, identified as Mark J. Bird, now faces felony gun charges, including unlawful discharge of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and the possession of a deadly weapon on school property.
According to court records obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Bird allegedly shot himself in the arm on school grounds. The professor's reasoning behind the shooting, however, was not specified in the documents.
An eye-witness, however, told the investigators that Bird “started saying he’s protesting Trump and that he shot himself because of that.”
College of Southern Nevada emeritus professor Mark Jeffry Bird allegedly shot himself in the arm, while on campus, to protest #potus #Trump. He faces felony charges. #TrumpDerangementSyndrome? https://t.co/ljVlnbAfxq pic.twitter.com/E8Q6p3MQA2— Erin Laviola (@ErinLaviola) September 14, 2018
The shooting, which reportedly occurred on August 28, came to light after Bird was seen stumbling out of a school bathroom bleeding from a self-inflicted wound. He walked a few steps and then collapsed.
Campus police said that they found a $100 bill in the bathroom which had been taped to a mirror and a not which read: "For the janitor." The officials also reported having found a .22-caliber pistol on the bathroom floor and a spent shell casing, according to the Hill.
The professor, who was hired by the college in 1993, reportedly continues to remain employed with the institution as of last Tuesday. Bird, however, was an emeritus faculty member at the time of the incident. Reports state that he is not scheduled to teach any courses at the school during the coming fall semester. It is also not yet clear what disciplinary actions have been taken by the college against the professor.
The president of the college’s faculty union, Robert Manis, while talking to the newspaper said that he has heard multiple rumors surrounding the shooting and added that it is a matter of concern that the college is not being transparent with them about the incident.
Manis said: "They never really told the students much about it except that it was resolved on the actual day of the shooting. 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.”
According to the Washington Post, Bird's interview with police and the writings he left behind at the scene indicate that he was concerned over the environment and gun control laws in the country which ultimately threw him over the edge.