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University of Central Oklahoma student says professor threatened to expel her over a blog post

A University of Central Oklahoma student says a faculty member threatened to have her expelled over a blog post in which she complained about “dim-witted, air-headed females.” Olanrewaju Suleiman wrote “An Open Letter to Obnoxious Girls: Stupidity Isn't Cute!” on Feb. 2.
by Silas Allen Published: March 22, 2013

— A University of Central Oklahoma student says a faculty member threatened to have her expelled over a blog post in which she complained about “dim-witted, air-headed females.”

Olanrewaju Suleiman, 22, wrote the post, titled “An Open Letter to Obnoxious Girls: Stupidity Isn't Cute!” on Feb. 2. Suleiman, a journalism student, said UCO professor Terry Clark ordered her to remove the post and told her she would be expelled if she didn't do so.

In the post, Suleiman says “there are these three girls I know” who “act like complete idiots.”

The post doesn't name the girls, but describes the way they speak, such as saying “presh” to mean “precious” or “ridic” in place of “ridiculous.”

“If you're ‘husband searching,' keep that to yourself,” Suleiman wrote on her personal blog.

“I'm pretty sure there are a good chunk of people that want to strangle you into silence.”

Three students in one of Suleiman's classes took offense to the post, she said.

During the next class period, Clark called her into a meeting with Rozilyn Miller, chairwoman of UCO's mass communications department, Suleiman said.

The two told her she'd ruined her career as a journalist and threatened to have her expelled, she said.

Suleiman said she removed the blog post and apologized to everyone in the class after Clark and Miller told her she'd be expelled if she didn't do so.

About a month later, Suleiman went to class again to learn that class was canceled because a student had told Clark that Suleiman had been surreptitiously taking photos of her in class. Suleiman said she hadn't been taking photos of any classmates.

UCO spokeswoman Adrienne Nobles wouldn't comment on Suleiman's claim, citing protections under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA. Clark didn't return calls seeking comment.

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by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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