Mike Adams
Author?s note: My present department chair (who began that position on July 1, 2005) was not involved in any of the events documented below.

You shall not circulate a false report. Do not put your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. ? Exodus 23:1

Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, Him I will destroy. ? Psalm 101:5.

Dear President Broad ( mbroad@northcarolina.edu ):

In December of 2001, I experienced the second most anxiety-evoking event of my professional career. It came in the form of a stern (but friendly) warning from the UNCW police to avoid all contact with another professor in my department. I was advised not to be caught in the same room with this woman because she was, in the opinion of (numerous) school officials, both delusional and potentially dangerous. That informal order resulted in my resignation from the position of coordinator of the criminal justice program. I had volunteered for that position just three months prior to these events.

My resignation took place a few weeks after the aforementioned professor filed a false police report accusing me of conduct, which, if duly proven to have taken place, would constitute a felonious criminal act. More specifically, it was claimed that I was trying to poison my accuser with tear gas. Her report to the police suggested that I was breaking into her office with the help of the department chair in order to spray these toxic fumes. There was no indication as to how we obtained the tear gas or where we kept our canisters and gas masks hidden during the course of the day. I assume these attacks were supposed to have been carried out in the dead of night.

Because the UNCW police (and other administrators) intimated that this professor was suffering from paranoid delusions and was potentially dangerous, I followed their advice and cooperated fully. That included participating in the most anxiety evoking event of my career ? a taped interrogation with a sworn police officer at police headquarters.

Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.