A professor at an art college in New York City was caught on video cursing at pro-life students and shoving their educational materials off of a display table.
Shellyne Rodriguez, 46, an adjunct assistant professor at Hunter College who also teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, confronted pro-life students in early May as they stood behind their display.
“You’re not educating s***,” Rodriguez taunted. “This is f***ing propaganda. What are you going to do, like, anti-trans next? Is that what you’re gonna do next?”
“We are talking about abortion,” a male pro-life student responded quietly.
“This is bulls***. This is violent. You’re triggering my students,” Rodriguez claimed.
“I’m sorry about that,” the student replied.
“No, you’re not,” Rodriguez, who has called herself a “Black Marxist,” declared. “Because you can’t even have a f***ing baby. So you don’t even know what that is. You don’t even know what this is.”
“Get this s*** the f*** out of here,” she snapped, then shoved the materials off of the table, before adding, “F*** this s***” as she walked off.
PROFESSOR GONE WILD: Pro-abortion professor Shellyne Rodriquez curses at pro-life students and vandalizes table at Hunter College. pic.twitter.com/QNspuXB4KK
— Students for Life of America (@StudentsforLife) May 17, 2023
“When you believe everyone agrees with you, you can become quite entitled to your rage,” one social media user commented.
“Proud Hunter College alum,” another user added. “Hunter and CUNY system are a haven for working class kids to pursue higher education and broaden their understanding of the world. The students at the table were displaying information with permission from university. The prof was way out of line.”
The PSC Graduate Center, comprised of graduate and professional schools at the City University of New York, defended Rodriguez, claiming:
… the anti-abortion group Students for Life set up a table and prominent banners to propagate dangerously false propaganda, after receiving permission by the Office of Student Affairs (OSA). … Hunter College adjunct educator Shellyne Rodriguez approached the display, constructively critiqued the group members, and eventually physically took down items from the table. Her actions to shut down the tabling were fully justified, and are part of a long and celebrated CUNY legacy of confronting groups such as military recruiters who disseminate misleading information.
“Students for Life and other far-right groups are not welcome on our campuses. Anti-abortion propaganda actually endangers people’s lives, and incites other far-right views and actions to emerge,” the PSC Graduate Center added.
A spokesperson for Hunter College stated that the college is “taking this matter very seriously,” adding, “The provost has opened an investigation into the professor’s actions.”