"And it's never the ones who talk about it that you need to worry about. It's the ones who keep their perverse fantasies a secret until the day they snap and horror ensues." Well, the first and most horrific contradiction of this was Cho Seung-Hui, the Virginia Tech shooter
who expressed all his rage in a poetry class with Nikki Giovanni -- her class dropped from 70 students (because Nikki Giovanni is an absolute genius) to 7 (because Cho's "freedom" to write whatever he wanted was terrifying his fellow students). Like Mitzelfield, Giovanni had to fight to remove this student from her class, going to the department with a similar "It's either him or me"; instead of expelling him, the department assigned Cho an individual study with a different professor, who also became terrified of him
, having to come up with a secret code word with her secretary in case Cho became violent. [thelede.blogs.nytimes.com] George Sodini, the man who killed 3 women at an LA Fitness in 2009, wrote extensively
on-line about his hatred for women. Anders Behring Breivik, the man who killed 69 people, mostly teenagers, at Worker's Youth League camp in Sweden in 2011, wrote an enormous manifesto on-line
detailing his terrorist plans and his arsenal of weapons, along with posting multiple videos spewing sexist and racist ideas. So I would think, based on the evidence of who actually commits these heinous kinds of crimes, writing about it publicly is even more cause for alarm. I think Mitzelfield acted completely appropriately; Corlette might have the right to express himself, but he does not have the right to sexually harass his professor through his writing. She asked him to stop writing these kinds of essays and explained to them why they were inappropriate, but he continued. Sexual harrassment is not just about sex, it's about power. When you harass someone, you try to take away their power, you try to silence them. Based on these essays, Corlette seems like someone who thinks he is above the law -- and pair that with an expressed desire to carry weapons onto campus and you have a more than valid cause for alarm.