Jonatha Carr being interviewed and her violent outburst in class(CBS 12)
BOCA RATON, Fla. (CBS 12) -- We now know that 24-year-old Jonatha Carr was fired up about the case of Trayvon Martin when she had her violent outburst during an evolution class at Florida Atlantic University.
Martin is the young central Florida teen who was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer. That volunteer has not been charged in the teen's death and Carr calls that an extreme injustice. While we can't say that's what caused her outburst at FAU Tuesday, we do know she was interviewed about the case the night before.
Carr was completely out of control in her evolution class Tuesday morning, cursing at her professor, hitting fellow students, and being hauled out of the class against her will.
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But the night before she seemed totally in control. She was interviewed by a Miami TV station about the bus trip she was organizing to the rally for Trayvon Martin.
"He was killed in a such a way that struck a nerve with my family and I," Carr said during the interview.
Carr said that when she was growing up her brothers were often questioned in their Broward County community even though they were doing nothing wrong, just like Trayvon Martin.
"A normal everyday occasion such as walking and he died for that," said Carr.
Fast forward 16 hours later and Carr is placed in the back of an FAU patrol car. According to the police report Carr "suddenly began yelling at her instructor and class saying things like, 'white people suck, Jewish people who think the world is theirs which it is not, I will kill you'....Carr kept going on about killing people."
Carr struck a fellow student across his head before she was taken out of the room by FAU employees. Refusing to calm down and attacking the officers, she was handcuffed. But according to the police report, "she aggressively resisted being placed in the police car by lying on the ground and stiffening her body."
Eventually authorities had to use a stun gun to get her inside the car and bring her to the South County Mental Health Center for mental evaluation. She is facing battery charges and has reportedly been expelled from FAU.
We did try to contact Carr's sister who is organizing the bus trip to the rally in Sanford for Trayvon Martin, but she had no comment about her sister's actions.
FAU released the following statement Wednesday morning:
The FAU Police Department was alerted of a significant disturbance caused by a student in a classroom in the General Classrooms South building at FAU's Boca Raton campus the afternoon of Tuesday, March 20.
In order to provide for the safety of all concerned, the student had to be physically removed from the classroom by two FAU employees. The FAU Police Department escorted the student off of campus property and transported her to a local hospital for examination in accordance with Florida's Baker Act.
In light of today's information, the Dean of Students is taking immediate action regarding this student.
The health, safety and welfare of FAU students, faculty and staff are of utmost importance. To that end, the FAU Police Department and the Division of Student Affairs continues to do all it can to ensure a safe environment for the FAU campus community.
Charles Brown, Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs at FAU