Making a point is one thing, though practising it on other people's laptops is an entirely different thing.
Say this guy breaks a students laptop who brought it into class because they find it easier to take notes and study overall?
The professor takes the laptop from the student, smashes it into million pieces, and the student not only loses a pricey piece of equipment, but also lots of data pertaining to his/her studies.
If he did it on a students laptop who actually used it in the described capacity, a lawsuit would be justified, along with proper reimbursement of material damage (not to mention loss of info).
Professors may have a lot to say in their classrooms, but this kind of material abuse and expecting no repercussions for actions that resulted in financial/information damage is absurd.
Curbing distractions in class is one thing and it's good to try to eliminate them, but this guy isn't too clever if he thinks some students won't file a lawsuit if he does it on students laptops.
I think you all are missing the point. I don't think the professor was raging about a student bringing a laptop to class. I bet he does that every semester to keep his students interested, not to scare them into submission. He gets the point across either way and with such a hands on approach, I bet his class is interesting enough to not have to distract yourself. I wish I had this guy as a professor...
Sad little man on a power trip. Hopefully the owner of the laptop gets him fired and he's forced to pay for a replacement out of his own pocket.
You can have a rule no laptops in my class and drop the person from your class if they disobey that rule, but that doesn't give you the right to destroy people's property. Doesn't this fall under "Wilful destruction of property" ?
Nothing helps get the point across more than visual aid.
Plus, how can anyone take your threats seriously if you don't
destroy some property.
I'll tell you who,no-one.
(The destroying property bit was a joke, in case someone comes up with a rebuttle telling me how big of a psycho I am. This is after all the internets and obvious humour is oft' times not picked up on)