Professor Arrested for Shutting Student's Laptop in Class

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Frank Rybicki is an assistant professor in the Mass Media department at Valdosta State University. Last week, he was arrested for his behavior in class. For assault. What heinous crime led to his jailing?

The altercation occurred when Dr. Rybicki allegedly closed a laptop computer on the hands of a student...

Dr. Rybicki closed the laptop because he thought the student was on non-class related websites. The student began to argue with Dr. Rybicki about closing the laptop and about the websites she visited while in class.


Yes, he closed the laptop of a student who was slacking off in class, and that student pressed assault charges against him, and he was literally arrested, and now he's suspended, and the police have ordered students in the class "not to talk to anybody about the incident," and the university is taking it all very seriously. Meanwhile all of the student feedback on the school paper's website is in support of the teacher.

Your blueprint for success has been laid out, rude student jerks.

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I went to university long enough ago that nobody had laptops to take into class really. The few that did would also never think of taking them out because they would be distracting to others.

We all took notes in, well, notebooks! It turns out that the act of writing things down helps to cement them into your mind. At my job before my current one there was a strict "no laptop" policy during meetings —and we were the IT department—. Our department had that policy because they are damn distracting, even more so if you are continuing to work on other projects when you are in a meeting.

To this day at my current job I don't use laptops during customer meetings. It's disrespectful and distracting. One of the people I was mentoring last year was big on laptops during meetings. I had a customer and a vendor both point out that it was distracting and disrespectful, and I had already mentioned the same to him.

I'm trying very hard not to sound like an old codger here, but if you are in a class, or a meeting, then you should be paying attention to that class or meeting. Surfing the web isn't what you should do.