Mark J. Bird is a 69-year-old College of Southern Nevada professor who is facing felony gun charges after he reportedly shot himself in the arm to protest President Trump.
According to a report from The Las Vegas Review-Journal, Bird, a College of Southern Nevada sociology professor, was charged with the unlawful discharge of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and the possession a deadly weapon on school property after he allegedly shot himself in protest of President Trump on Tuesday, August 28.
Following the shooting, campus police said they recovered a $100 bill taped to a mirror in a university bathroom with a note that said: “For the janitor.” Similarly, Southern Nevada Campus police found .22-caliber pistol on the bathroom floor and a spent shell casing.
Bird, who has been teaching at the College of Sothern Nevada since 1993, is currently still employed at the school.
via The Hill:
Bird, who was reportedly an emeritus faculty member at the time of the incident, is not scheduled to teach courses at the school during the coming fall semester. It also remains unclear what disciplinary actions the college plans to take against Bird.
Though police did not disclose more details of the shooting to the local paper, Robert Manis, president of the college’s faculty union, told publication he has heard several rumors surrounding the incident. He also expressed concerns regarding the college’s lack of transparency surrounding the shooting.
“They never really told the students much about it except that it was resolved on the actual day of the shooting,” Manis said. “When you don’t give the full details, then rumors go crazy. It’s unfortunate because it made the students and faculty very afraid and allowed rumors to proliferate.”
At this time, a preliminary hearing for Bird is scheduled for September 17.
The College of Southern Nevada is a Nevada community college located in Clark County that has approximately 35,000 students. It is the largest public higher education institution in Nevada.