COLUMBIA — Around 2 p.m. Tuesday, a student assaulted a fellow student and an assistant professor in the Futures Lab of the Reynolds Journalism Institute at MU, according to MU police.
Capt. Brian Weimer, public information officer for the MU Police Department, said the altercation began as a result of the professor confiscating the student's beverage.
Karen Mitchell, assistant professor of convergence journalism at MU, confiscated the beverage from the student in accordance with the rules of the Futures Lab, Weimer said. Mitchell was not teaching a class in the lab.
"She observed a rules violation and corrected it," Weimer said.
At that time, the student rose from his seat and pushed Mitchell into one of the surrounding tables, said David Teeghman, the other victim of the assault.
Teeghman said he immediately got up from his seat after seeing Mitchell fall to the floor.
"I saw this big, 230-pound guy pushing Karen into one of the tables," Teeghman said. "That's when I grabbed him and tried to pull her away from him. ... He grabbed me and had his hands on my neck. Luckily, there was a bunch of students to pull him away from me."
After the incident, Teeghman said he and fellow students ordered the other student out of the lab.
"At first I was absolutely shocked," Teeghman said. "But, then I was furious. I was furious that he put his hands on my teacher. I was furious he put his hands on me. Only after I calmed down I wasn't angry anymore. I was scared."
MU police arrested Jay-Dee Bush on suspicion of simple assault, a misdemeanor, Weimer said.
Although Teeghman said he thinks that Mitchell will not press charges, he said he is "seriously considering" filing charges against the man.
"Today's my birthday," Teeghman said. "And I can honestly say this is the worst birthday I've ever had."