Texas Tech Professor Goes Viral for Speaking His Mind


Last week Texas Tech professor Terry McInturff left a printout on his student’s desks. On the paper, a photocopied article from the Wall Street Journal, followed by his personal opinion on the matter. 

The article described the emotional support some colleges and universities were offering students who were upset, distraught or frustrated by the outcome of the presidential election. 

This was McInturff’s response in full: 

“After reading the article and reflecting on my often repeated statement to you that “I don’t care how you FEEL, I care what you THINK,” it occurred to me that perhaps I have been a bit too harsh. Therefore, in the spirit of dealing with the wounds of those feeling grief and unbearable angst over the election, Kim’s tragic Paris robbery, the heart wrenching Brangelina break-up or other similar tragedy, I would like to do my part. While I can’t offer “arts and crafts” or a “therapy dog,” the Energy Commerce Department has arranged for free hugs from our therapy boa constrictor. Please go to room 139 to schedule a session should you feel the need.

Have a great day. It’s great to be a Red Raider!”

“It was tongue in cheek,” McInturff. “It was a joke and they took it as a joke. Apparently some people on the east coast did not take it as a joke.”

The Energy Commerce professor has been teaching for 13 years and said his students know his sense of humor and how tough he can be. He said it is all in their best interest. 

“I think the worst thing we can do as educators is to tell the students you are ready to hit the real world, you’re going to be a success when they are really not ready,” McInturff said. “So, our job is to prepare them for the ups and downs of life and not protect them from everything that comes along that doesn’t agree with their current world view.”
His students shared the professor’s thoughts on social media. McInturff said it got him more than 7,000 likes on Instagram and an interview with a reporter from Newsweek.
During the interview, McInturff said he told it like it is.
“Here in west Texas we are a little different,” McInturff said. “We’re a little more thick skinned. And hopefully a little more realistic about how the world operates.”  
Good thing, or McInturff said many of his student’s would not survive the semester. 
As for the boa constrictor, they do not have one as of yet. McInturff said he hopes they will not need it. 
 “I haven’t had any requests for hugs from the boa constrictor yet,” McInturff said.

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