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In video released Wednesday, Leila Hamoud, 20, appears to be distraught as two police officers from the historically black university’s WSSU campus take the student into custody.
Since then, the video has amassed more than 5 million views. “Are you getting me out of here because I won’t apologize?” Hamoud tells her teacher, identified as Cynthia Villagomez, in the video. “You started yelling at me.
You tried to shame me for my job. “I tried to de-escalate everything,” Villagómez can be heard in the video, as students berate her for contacting campus police.
Get unlimited digital access Try 1 month for $1 CLAIM OFFER Here’s what we know about the situation.In a follow-up video posted to TikTok, Hamoud recounted her version of her story on Instagram Live, telling viewers that the issue stemmed from a group task due on Wednesday.
The Charlotte Observer was unable to obtain comment from Villagomez on what happened that day. According to Hamoud, Villagómez sent her an email hours before her group’s project was due, suggesting that she make changes to the document before delivering it.
The Shade Room, which posted the video of her on Instagram, wrote: “Leila says she was kicked out of the classroom for not apologizing after raising her voice to Dr.V who yelled at her first. Also, in the video, many students came to Leila’s defense, calling out and calling out Dr.V, for making the situation worse.”
Later, Leila Hamoud recorded her own videos of herself explaining her version of her story.
In that video, Hamoud says that the class had a group final where they had to write an essay and a play. Six hours before the presentation, she alleges that Villagómez told her that the article was “absolutely wrong.”
Cynthia Villagomez is an assistant professor of history and Middle Eastern studies at WSSU, according to the university’s faculty page. Since the incident, students have left hundreds of negative reviews.
“It doesn’t seem appropriate to teach at the university level as he wants total control over his students rather than allowing them to learn from their mistakes and have their own opinions,” wrote one student. “Clearly I can’t stand being in the field of education. I should not be an employee of this institution,” commented another.
At least 317 people have called it “awful,” though most are a reaction to the viral video. People wrote comments like, “Awful teacher. He yells at the students and hopes the adults don’t respond. They arrested a student for yelling at him.”
Another person wrote: “I saw a tiktok video of her arresting a student for not apologizing. If the teacher isn’t fired, the best way for her to lose any kind of teaching career is to make sure no one ever enrolls in her classes again. If you have her as a teacher for next year, change her class. No students, no classes, no money.”
The university spokeswoman told WXII 12 News that it was not Villagomez who called the police about Hamoud. It was another staff member who heard the commotion.
Gingles told the television station that an assignment “disagreement” occurred between the student and teacher regarding a final exam around 8:30 a.m.
Police were called by another university employee who overheard the disagreement, according to Gingles. It was not Villagómez who called the campus police.
She told reporter Louis Tran: “Once campus police are on the scene under our university policy and under public safety and police policy, their first and foremost role is to make sure that everyone involved in the incident is insured. That’s what they did.”
Gingles added: “They wanted to assess the situation, see what was going on and then provide a positive resolution if necessary and otherwise their policies require them to take the necessary procedures. They made the call to arrest the student and escort him off campus.”
The university is still reviewing the incident, she told Tran.
Gingles told CNN that any disciplinary action against the student “will be reviewed at a later time.”
She said of the teacher: “She is very excited and shocked by all this. There have been various threats to her safety, which of course are cause for alarm.”
Chancellor Elwood Robinson wrote a lengthy letter about the video and the incident to the campus community.