Thursday, December 29, 2005

Grading self-preservation 

I got a lovely note thanking me for a C last night. So much better than the "I have a question about my grade and was wondering when and where I could meet with you to discuss it" emails I normally get. And now I have more to worry about. From CNN:
A college student upset about a failing grade followed his professor to her Cambridge home and allegedly stabbed her in the neck, police said.

Nikhil Dhar, 22, of Lowell, pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He was held without bail pending a hearing Wednesday.

Mary Elizabeth Hooker, an assistant professor of clinical lab sciences at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, was hospitalized with a stab wound to her neck.

Hooker told police Dhar approached her at her home and wanted to talk about "not obtaining a passing grade in her class," Cambridge police officer Edward Frammartino wrote in his report.

The 54-year-old assistant professor of clinical lab sciences offered to meet him at a coffee shop, but Dhar "became very irate and abusive towards her," Frammartino wrote.

Dhar dragged her out of the house, hit her and slashed her neck, according to the police report.

Neighbors called police after they heard screaming and saw Hooker struggling with a man in her front yard. A neighbor chased Dhar and cornered him until police arrived. They found a knife at the scene.

Dhar's attorney, Stephen Hrones, described it as a "complicated situation."

"There's two sides to every story," he said.
Well, I cannot wait to hear the student's side of this. It's worth noting that Lowell is about 20 miles from Cambridge, so this wasn't just a spur of the moment thing.

I also am glad SCSU lets me send in grades after Christmas. Story via Cranky Professor, who gets similar types of email to mine.