There’s a truly bizarre story in today’s issue of the Daily Vanguard, the student newspaper at Portland State University.
The paper reports (PDF) that a well-respected economics professor has been suspended after accusing a member of the student government of being an FBI informant.
The student’s attorney, Portland civil-rights lawyer Elden Rosenthal, declined to comment on the record when reached by WW this afternoon.
According to the Vanguard story, Professor John Hall made his accusations in class, with the accused student in attendance. Hall claimed the student kept a cache of weapons on campus and was inciting fellow students to violence, according to the Vanguard, quoting an anonymous student from the class.
In front of the class, Hall displayed a letter he wrote to the FBI field office in Portland, then handed a copy to Hall and told him to take it to his alleged FBI superiors, the Vanguard says.
Hall then ordered the student to leave the class and not to return to PSU. Hall has been placed on leave and the class is not being taught by another professor, the paper reports.
The Vangaurd quotes a statement the student made through Rosenthal:
“I have never been affiliated with the FBI in any way, and I have never been an informant. I have never in any way done anything to incite violence at PSU. I have admired Professor Hall since I first took a class from him, and cannot imagine what I did or said to cause him to treat me the way he did. I truly hope that the university will take steps to clear my name, and I also hope that something like this will never again happen to a PSU student.”
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