Students granted perfect scores after professor shoots at vacuum salesmen

Lauren Clark
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  • Professor Robert D. Lee opened fire on two vacuum salesmen as they left his residence earlier this month.
  • Lee teaches nutrition at CMU.
  • The students in his class received perfect grades on their finals.
  • A Central Michigan University professor has been released after allegedly shooting at two vacuum salesmen who came to his Fremont Township residence on June 5th.

    The two men told police that Professor Robert Dale Lee approached his door and motioned for them to wait outside. According to the report, they became uneasy and decided to leave in their van—only to see Lee carrying his 20-gauge shotgun.

    Although both men were not injured, Lee fired two shots in their direction as they drove away. One of the salesmen heard pellets “whiz by” the open car door window, according to the affidavit.

    Lee has been charged with one count of felonious assault and an account for carrying a firearm with unlawful intent.

    Lee teaches classes on nutrition in the school’s Human and Environmental Studies department. The morning after his arrest, students in his FNS 370 class showed up to take the final, only to see a paper explaining that it had been waived.

    All students instead received a 100 percent on the test.

    According to a statement from the University, they have not made a decision regarding his employment in the fall.

    “The nature of the allegations raise serious concerns for the university, and a process for addressing the matter is currently under review,” Steve Smith, director of public relations, told campus paper Central Michigan Life.

    Lee has middling reviews on RateMyProfessors.com, with many students complaining that he has a tendency to introduce politics into his classes.

    This also isn’t the first time a Central Michigan University professor has ran into the law.

    Last summer, Professor John Meixner was arrested for allegedly taking pictures exposing the thighs and buttocks of teenage and adult women at an agricultural fair.

    Charges were dropped after it was determined Meixner broke no law; he is still employed by the university and teaching classes.

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    Lauren Clark

    Lauren Clark

    Campus Correspondent

    As a Campus Correspondent, Lauren exposes liberal bias and abuses at Arizona’s colleges and universities for Campus Reform. Lauren is a junior studying journalism at Arizona State University and is working towards a joint-four year bachelor's and master's degree with a minor in political science, and an emphasis on business reporting.

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