Ok… this is a kind of situation that I have never encounter before.
A few days ago, I sat for an oral exam. The girl next to me was really nervous, but that is completely normal. When the oral exam began, the professor asked the girl a question. The girl answered, a very shaky answer but I does not really matter. At of the blue the professor ask the girl to explain an example he provided (with a clear sexual implication.) The girl got even more nervous and answered the professor about the example avoiding the implication. She gave him a different context to the example making it sound sarcastic. However, the professor did not accept her answer and began questioning her further on trying to elicit the implication he wanted to hear. The girl, who did not want to play his game, refused to answer. But he kept on…. and the girl started crying (she was now having a panic attack.) The professor was now really pissed and (probably because another professor entered the room) he stopped his assault and change the topic. At this point the girl could not control anymore and stopped him and left the room crying uncontrollably.
I was in the room the whole time. I felt so powerless. I knew the girl was really nervous and it was hard for her to answer the professor’s questions. However, I cannot understand the professor’s obsession to make her answer with the context that he wanted. The girl’s answer was possible but he was dead set to make her talk about the sexual connotation. What it is more, when he mentioned the same example in class, no one laughed. At the end he made a girl had a nervous breakdown and when it was my turn to talk he never let me finish a single sentence. We ended up being affected by the whole situation and he did not got his way. Or his only goal was to make the girl cry her eyes out?
So many questions and no answers to any of them. This was more than unfortunate situation… this was…. I don’t know. … I simply don’t know.