Jonatha Carr Won't Face Charges for Threatening to Kill Her FAU Professor, Hitting a Guy

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Update, 3/30: Carr's family has commented about her history of mental illness.

​Last Tuesday, video surfaced of Florida Atlantic University student Jonatha Carr yelling things like "I will kill the fuck out of you" in a biology class. Police documents state that, after hitting a student in the forehead and yelling, "White people suck, Jewish people who think this world is theirs, which it's not, I will fucking kill you at the Holocaust events all over the world," she then was so uncooperative with police that she had to be stun-gunned three times and taken to a mental hospital.

And now, according to an FAU Police spokesman, she won't be facing any charges.

Carr's police report included a crime of "battery -- intentionally touch/strike" listed, but when asked if she would be charged, Deputy Chief Keith Totten said, "At this time, no, I don't believe that would occur... I don't believe that there will be any charges filed."

He said we'd have to check with Carr's family to find out if she'd been released from the hospital she was taken to after the incident, but her mother declined to comment.

FAU spokeswoman Lisa Metcalf wrote in an email that she couldn't disclose whether Carr had been expelled because "details of student discipline matters are confidential according to state and federal law." Federal student privacy regulations, however, don't cover enrollment status, so we may still find out soon.

It's not clear what set Carr off, but the Huffington Post ran a column yesterday by Syracuse University Professor Boyce Watkins under the headline "Student Becomes Violent Over Trayvon Martin: Why This Is a Warning Sign to All of Us." In it, he writes:
I watched in shock as a young black woman at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) became violent in class during a discussion on the death of the late Trayvon Martin...
The student's outburst concerns me, for it is both a symptom and accelerator of the rage being felt by millions of Americans right now.
If Jonatha were my daughter, I'd probably be upset with her right now. Her actions will likely jeopardize her future and serve as a stain on her record. But I'd be lying like a dog if I didn't admit that nearly every black person in America could not relate to at least a piece of the anger being expressed by this young woman.
While he did say Carr should be punished, he added that "punishing Jonatha without pursuing justice against the man who killed Trayvon Martin is yet another reminder of the polite oppression we've been forced to endure for the last 400 years. It's time for something to change, and it's time for that change to come by any means necessary."

I've looked everywhere. While Carr was interviewed the day before the outburst about the Martin killing, the only other news site mentioning the connection is NewsOne -- though it's a version of Watkins' column published last week.

There's no discernible mention of Martin in the YouTube video, no mention of a "Trayvon Martin discussion" in the police report, and Totten, the police spokesman, said he hadn't heard anything to that effect.

The University Press, FAU's student newspaper, reported that the teacher was in the middle of reviewing for a test on evolution. HuffPo's got a great headline for search engines, but it's woefully short on evidence. A call to the professor teaching the class Carr was in was not returned.


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Brit0219
Brit0219

It's about time to get rid of black history month or add a month for all other races. There is no reason that we as american people should not be treated and treating each other equal. Too many black people are hung up on the past when their ancestors were slaves. Well news flash...Asians were slaves in the west right here in America. Do you see them complaining still? Whilte people fought for the ones invoved in the Civil movements act. So all you grudge holding ignorant people need to do your homework and shut up!

FQS9000
FQS9000

The media fable here is that the Trayvon shooting is about racism.  It isn't.  There is only one reason there was an armed watch captain in the neighborhood.  The watch captain wasn't hunting blacks, he was trying to prevent thugs from robbing people and houses in the neighborhood where he lived.

That does not make him a member of the KKK.

If Trayvon hadn't gotten aggressive, he would be alive today.  If Trayvon had attacked a cop, he would have gotten shot.  If Trayvon had attacked a black lady who was armed, he would have gotten shot.  Nobody was hunting blacks.

Sweetlady238
Sweetlady238

You know, it really doesn't surprise me.  I'm worried about the younger Black kids who hear about so much bigotry and racism in the world.  How much can they take?  I've tried so hard to shield my kids from it, but it's impossible to do so.  It's like a form of bullying.  Sometimes it's blatant, and sometimes it's subtle but so very apparent, and before you know it these young people have reached their mental and emotional threshold of being resilient against it. We don't hear about young Blacks killing a bunch of students at a school; it's mostly White kids who do that.  However, Black kids are becoming more and more astutely aware of what racism looks like and feels like, especially since we have an African American president of mixed heritage (which means nothing to White people).  Family, prayer and our relationship with Christ, and being active in social and civil justice are all we have, as Christians, to hold us together in one piece when we experience, hear of or witness prejudice and racism.

gekkobear
gekkobear

" "punishing Jonatha without pursuing justice against the man who killed Trayvon Martin"

Last I checked Trayvon Martin knocked a man down and was repeatedly slamming his head into the sidewalk when he was shot.

Clearly shooting him was wrong; so letting a black man beat a white man to death is the only acceptable answer for the Syracuse University Professor?

If my choices are being beaten to death, or being a horrible racist... I'll go with racist... but thanks for the option.

D020969
D020969

To Professor Boyce Watkins...I can't believe how unbelievably ignorant you are. If she was your daughter...you would be just "upset"? Stain on her record? Are you kidding me? That's all? You're pathetic! She just threatened to kill 1/2 the class...made numerous racist comment including calling blacks "niggers" and assulting a guy in class calling him a bitch. Wait...then assulted a police office by punching him the the chest, kicking him in his thigh and calling everyone niggers whether white or black. This girl had no right to take out her anger on innocent people. Unfortunately we have horrible things occur every day in this world but that doesn't give them the right to do what she did. And then you want to go on about what "we've" endured the the past 400 years? You're nothing but a racist too! Get over it...you have nothing to do with 400 years go just like Ms. Carr has nothing to do with Treyvons murder. She should be jail for her actions. Guarantee if she had a gun, she would of killed someone that day!

Rebecca Coomes
Rebecca Coomes

The young man she assaulted in class SHOULD press charges.  It is his right and Ms. Carr needs to find out that such an incredibly hate filled assault is unacceptable.  I am befuddled at the hypocrisy of so many groups in our society today.  Some black activists want freedom to rain down hate and racism on whites while deploring the same against their own.  Leftists want to call Palin and other faithfully married conservative women sluts and c*nts, but go into swooning hysteria when Rush uses the same term (against an unmarried woman who says she is having sex so often she is bankrupting herself)  These people are morally corrupt and simply cannot comprehend their hypocrisy.

FQS9000
FQS9000

Let's see if I got this right.

Black punk attacks a watch captain and gets shot dead during the assault.  The black yahoos want the watch captain's head on a platter.

Black punkette goes bat shit in class, yells racist comments, attacks students, threatens everybody in sight with murder, resists arrest and the black yahoos and white do-gooders are fine with it.

And you wonder why white people think blacks are trash.  If the facts were reversed, the black yahoos would think whites are KKKers.

Racism is an equal opportunity function. 

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Shame on Dr. Boyce Watkins. Shame on The Huffington Post. Shame on FAU.  If Jonatha Carr is still enrolled, every student, professor and FAU employee who shares the same class as Jonatha might consider walking out straight to the registrar's office asking for a drop/add card and full reimbursement for the class fee. FAU may feel they are protecting Ms. Carr by not releasing her campus status, but they need to consider every other student's right to a safe environment, by confirming her status.

Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

Well there we have it, people: Affirmative Action for prosecuting crimes. 

Why hold Jonatha responsible for her actions which include hate crimes, a murderous racist rant including murder threats, and assault? Being expelled from school is not enough punishment. Ridiculous.

Jumpedonagrenade
Jumpedonagrenade

True. Another point nobody seems to take into account is that blacks are close to the majority in Sanford. If Zimmerman was hunting blacks he wouldn't have a free minute. On top of that, I think he would have had other problems well before years had passed calling the police on supposedly only blacks. Which is ironic in its own right-Why would you call the police on yourself if you intended to hunt down and murder somebody?

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Last I checked Trayvon Martin was being hunted down by a man carrying a 9MM.

Come at me with a gun? You bet I will knock your ass to the ground.

DontBeStupid
DontBeStupid

Bill Maher calling the know-nothing idiot who wanted to be our VP a slut and losing his job, versus Rush Limbaugh ranting for days about showing a college students sex videos because she's in favor of health care birth control is completely different.  

When the Republican Party won control of Congress in the 1994 midterm elections, the freshman Republican class awarded Limbaugh an honorary membership in their caucus.  I don't think Bill Maher had the same standing...

Rstger
Rstger

No....Watch Captain follows black boy(after told not to do so) then shoots him. If it was the other way around I'm sure the black boys head would have already been on a platter.

GrowUp
GrowUp

 lol @ 'watch captain'.   George Zimmerman had felony assault on police officer charge in '05 & 2 domestic assaults.   He's a crazy person who called 911 fifty times since last year.  He chased down a kid when told not to by the 911 dispatcher.

Ladyst69
Ladyst69

She was expelled.  I'm sorry that Ms Carr "wigged out" during the class, but she needs to be held for her actions.  Sadly, racism is still alive and well even in the 21st century, but her actions were deplorable.  Newsflash Ms Carr: not every white person on the planet is hateful!  Nor is every black, Asian, Hispanic, Indian, etc!!  You owe one damn big apology to the professor and every last person you threatened or laid hands on!!  If you find another college that will accept you after this, study up on white people who were part of the civil rights movements!

Orlando
Orlando

Ummmm. She is not being held responsible for her actions in a tradtitional sense because she is SCHIZOPHRENIC. When you are schizophrenic you can experience a break from reality, problems with thought processes, and behavior control problems. You may think a race of aliens is living in your heart or that everyone is trying to kill you. Because, of that she was taken to a mental hospital.           Not only is she not returning to finish her chemistry degree, despite her 3.8 GPA, she was tased three times, held down, and was Baker Acted. Being Baker Acted means you are held in a mental hospital for a three day observation. If she continued to show signs of mental illness she could be held indefinetely, given medicine against her will (including Haldol which overtime can shrink your brain by 20%) and during this time she may be in restraints or isolation.         You are wrong on both counts Christopher Neal. She should not be held legally responsible for a (primarily) verbal outburst under the influence of schizophrenia, and she is being subject to loss of her dream of a degree, loss (at least for three days) of her freedom, and her vision for her future may be bleak.

Bauan
Bauan

 What hate crime did she commit?

Jumpedonagrenade
Jumpedonagrenade

LOL, there is absolutely no evidence supporting your contention that Trayvon knew Zimmerman had a gun while he was following him at a distance. Furthermore, I understand you're a simple typewriter tough guy, but there is no way if I'm running around town pointing a gun at you that you would stop to knock me down... Lastly, with all this retard logic that following someone justifies the person being followed to attack a person is well retarded. So next time I have a cop car behind me I can stop and beat the hell out of them? If someone is walking around my or a neighbor's house I don't have a right to see what's going on without them having a right to attack me?

FQS9000
FQS9000

Only once, you fool.  Then you join Trayvon in the ground.  Wise people do not open the door to violence because they are not sure what will come thru.  Fools start things they can not finish.

gekkobear
gekkobear

Gave $1,000,000 to Obama's PAC and was the KEYNOTE SPEAKER at the Alabama DNC fundraiser.

I guess honorary membership is good, a million dollars and a keynote speaker is nothing now?

They're not that far apart; quit pretending otherwise.

Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

Sure, you are right. Her professor and classmates have absolutely no right to their own safety. In fact, we should get rid of all laws and all police. No one should be held responsible for anything anymore. A real utopian society. Good call.

Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

The Florida hate crime law states that if a personis found to have committed a crime based on the race, ethnicity, sexualorientation, or religion of the victim, the fines and other penalties areincreased as a result. The lawstipulates also that any crime committed while wearing a "hood or amask" is also included as a hate crime.

Examples of hate crimes typicallyinclude acts of physicalassault, bullying,harassment, or verbal abuse.

The following basic examples illustrate the concept of prohibited"bias-motivated" crimes commonlyreferred to as hate crimes:

 

Jon, a white supremacist, attacks Ron because he is black.

           

Joe threatens to kill Steve because he believes Steve is a homosexual.

 

Now let’s see, has Jonatha done anything even slightly resembling any ofthis?

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Actually, I am fairly easy to find big boy. Unlike you, I dont post anonymously.

I am not a coward.  Ask around, you will find I don't blink.

Bauan
Bauan

 Ah, then Florida hate crime is pretty good then. But you really didn't need the long-winded answer. I wasn't challenging your claim, sir.

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