While the University of California, Los Angeles campus was on lockdown yesterday during an active shooter situation, one professor told her students to leave shelter and find a computer to take their final exam.
Professor Vivian Lew added that she would not be attending the exam because she herself was locked in her office.
From Campus Reform:
“This is what I will do, you can take the exam anywhere today, not in Boelter,” Professor Vivian Lew wrote to her students in an email obtained by Campus Reform. “Unfortunately, you need to take it between 11-11:50 Section 1A and 1 pm-1:50pm Section 1B.”
“I am locked in my office now and cannot leave[;] my building is under lockdown,” she wrote.
Nonetheless, Lew encouraged her students to leave safety so that they could find a computer to complete their exams remotely.
“So leave this area if you are in [it] and find a computer. If you cannot take it at 11 am, I can reschedule you for 1 pm,” she ordered.
She eventually excused the students from the exam and issued an incredibly bizarre, awkward apology:
“Have a good day, remember, your families love you (even if you don’t feel it sometimes) and are probably worried sick about you,” she writes. “Let them know you are OK and that you finished 50% of your stats final 🙂 🙂 :).”
Yeah, I’m sure the terrified parents will be overcome with joy to know that their children completed half their stats final despite the school shooting. Silver lining, people.
She goes on to say that she “wasn’t aware at the time that some buildings had been locked down,” despite writing that she was on lockdown herself in the first email.
I cannot fathom the stupidity of this woman. Even if there is a rumor that someone with a gun is roaming around campus, you shut it all down. No class. No exams. You just don’t take that chance. This is irrelevant to Lew, however. She should have known the situation was well beyond rumor when she was told to stay in her office. Thank God the shooter had only one intended target — an engineering professor — before turning the gun on himself. Otherwise, a lot of UCLA statistics students might not be alive today.
If this doesn’t get you fired at UCLA, I don’t know what will..
[via Campus Reform]
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