A Michigan State University professor was taken into protective custody after he stripped naked in front of his class and began shouting unintelligibly in the school hallway.
According to ABC News, a statement posted to the website of the Michigan State University said that just after 1 p.m., a call to the local police dispatch center reported that a man was shouting in the hallway of the university's engineering building. The Huffington Post also reports that a 9-1-1 call was received at the Ingham County Central Dispatch Center at 1:07 p.m., that a man was shouting in the hallway of the MSU Engineering Building.
The MSU police responded and took the man, a professor, into protective custody. He was taken to a local hospital for psychological evaluation. No one was injured and the professor was not charged with any crime.
ABC News reports that although students who posted information about the incident on social media named the professor, the university authorities would not officially confirm his identity. A student posted to Reddit, saying: “My math teacher just stripped naked during class and was arrested! Go MSU!”
The Redditor, TheCookieKing, wrote:
“I was in Calc 1 at Michigan State University, and my teacher was always pretty eccentric, but today he went overboard. Half way through class he started screaming at us, swearing left and right. He then started slamming his hands on the window and pressing his face against it, still screaming. Eventually he walked out and down the hallway to the end, all while screaming. He then came back into the classroom and took off his clothes, except for his socks. You know someone’s crazy when they leave their socks on lmao. At this point everyone in class ran out. We were literally scared for our lives. The police took about 15 minutes to get here and during this time he continued walking around screaming.”
Grainy photo purportedly showing the professor in handcuffs
ABC News reports another student, said:
“As someone who is also in this class, I can confirm his eccentricity. He wore the same set of clothes every single day up until today and his mind never seemed to be stable. Everyone in the class could probably have this coming from day one, it was just a matter of time until it happened. He made the weirdest analogies, the most notable being about beating his wife.”
Another Redditor, coldevil123, posted to Reddit:
"He was ranting about computers, Steve Jobs (pronounced Jobes), and how everything is just an act. He ran into the hallway and pressed his face up against the windows to the room and said something about him not yelling. Then he ran back in and started crying and pulled a dollar out of his wallet for some reason. At this point, we all knew he had completely lost it."
The website Hyper Vocal, contacted a student who shared his experience: "There was always something off about him. He repeated himself multiple times about subjects with no relevance to the class. And today he came in really depressed. Maybe his wife left him? Who knows. But then he just snapped. Went off about there being no ****ing god.
Yet another student, Adam Crane, wrote to Hypervocal:
"I was in the classroom just down the hall(the classroom he is leaning on in the picture). We heard laughing from down the hall it quickly turned to yelling and cursing something about god. Next thing we knew his shirt was gone. Luckily from our vantage point we couldn’t see his lower half. Class was disrupted as we waited for the police to arrive. Took them 15-20 minutes even though the department is right across the street."
David Grabowski, MSU senior, told MLive.com: "He was screaming profanities and things you really couldn't understand, and something about religion. He was pacing up and down the hallway."
According to The Huffington Post, some students have protested and some professors plan to submit a formal complaint to the university and the MSU police about the slow response time to 9-1-1 calls. An MSU senior Hayden Borosky, who called 9-1-1, complained the response time was slow. He said: "The most concerning thing was the police response time. It took them more than 15 minutes to arrive. It could have turned into something very bad if he had a weapon on him. It was pretty infuriating to have to wait that long."
The Daily Mail reports a student posted on Facebook: "I'm still shaking."
Th school's counselling center has offered support to students who witnessed the incident and may need counselling.