Satisfied with my own findings, I left the pub feeling content. Maybe it was just a phase that Patt was going through, things should be ok.
Yep, it was just a phase. Sane Patt was just a phase and he completely snapped a few weeks later.
He went ballistic at some more students and is now being fired. Well, he was going to be "let go" thanks to all the budget cuts but thanks to his recent behaviour, it's unlikely he'll ever teach again in the province. Maybe he'll never teach academically again because he certainly can't use his experience at my University as a reference any more.
Some people might think this is a bit harsh. But there is a limit to how badly you can treat your students. Especially students you've known for a long time. I mean, you shouldn't yell at them when they ask why their grades haven't been posted yet. Nor do you consider it harassment when the deadline for grades have long passed.
And you don't make death threats to said students either.
I actually couldn't find a reaction picture for this situation.
I wish I was joking. But Patt seriously sent emails stating that he would "hunt down" said students down because asking for their grades was "harassing him". I'm paraphrasing because I can't use some of the language that was typed up in those emails.
Welp, that's great. Not only was a death threat sent, but there's physical evidence of it too. We're not sure what's going through Patt's head or why he's doing this or what he hopes to gain from these actions.
I personally think Patt has some kind of brain tumour. It matches similar stories of people suddenly undergoing extreme personality changes within a matter of months. We've known Patt for years and this is completely uncharacteristic of him.
That being said, good luck trying to convince him to see a doctor and/or get an MRI scan done. I'd talk him but again, I don't to risk him hunting me down and stabbing me to ribbons. My health may be poor, but I have no desire to die just yet.
Oh well, it was nice knowing you Patt.