Skip to comments.Updated: Clinkingbeard; Students react to professor's arrest
Posted on 03/19/2012 8:29:31 AM PDT by Netalia
BOISE -- A teacher, political candidate, and former doctor is facing charges of aggravated assault after police say she threatened employees at a Staples store with a gun. We are beginning to learn more about Cynthia Clinkingbeard, and her behavior leading up to the incident on Friday night.
At the time of her arrest, Clinkingbeard was part of the adjunct faculty at Boise State and the faculty at College of Western Idaho.
Her students say that her behavior over the past few months was, at times, strange. Some students at CWI dropped her class because of what they called "erratic behavior".
Allan, Ruth, and Michael Burtcher all took Clinkingbeard's health and welness class at CWI this semester. They, and other students, say she would often berrate students and criticize their political beliefs. They also said she would make racially insensitive comments, shared each students' grades with the entire class, and made the class walk her dog around the building.
The Burtchers stopped going to the class and appealed their credits to the department chair.
A week and a half later, Clinkingbeard was arrested for threatening employees at an office supply store with a gun.
According to documents from the state Board of Medicine, Clinkingbeard is diagnosed with bipolar and narcissistic personality disorder. In 2005, the board said her diagnosis was making her resistant to treatment. They revoked her license to practice medicine.
Michael Burtcher says he is also bipolar and he knows it is manageable, because he manages his own condition with medication. "When you're bipolar, it's a mental rollercoaster for your emotions," Michael explained. "You need to find the medication to keep you stable."
But Ruth Burtcher says Clinkingbeard would often talk about a lack of need for most medication. When Ruth found out about Friday's arrest, her teacher's behavior started to make sense.
"Now knowing what her situation is, I hope she gets the help she needs. I really do. Because, there were moments, when she was just this incredible person, very inspiring, and all-of-a-sudden, it would just go away. And she was a totally different person," said Ruth Burtcher, who took Clinkingbeard's class at CWI.
The College of Western Idaho did not want to comment on the matter.
Boise State University says that Clinkingbeard's teaching duties are on hold pending legal proceedings, but she is excluded from the campus.
Looks like Harry Reid without the glasses....
“Clinkingbeard...looks like she has facial hair”
With a name like that you need a lot of facial hair!
Yikes, I don’t need my coffee now.
I feel sorry for society.
Illness, specially mental illness has been elevated to special status at the cost of risking the safety of everyone else.
Isn't this the same illneess that made the news in a SWA passenger airliner?
Some semblance of sanity from the mentally healthy segment of society needs to react to this silent killer group.
PC is wonderful and all, but...
“And made her class walk her dog around the building” - good thing she wasn’t a department chair or they’d have had to clean up the dog poop, too.
“she threatened employees at a Staples store with a gun”
“Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) is an American businessman and politician. ... Their first big success came with a 1986 investment to help start Staples Inc. ...”
“Im trying to figure out her name. Clinkingbeard? Is that real?”
Hey! “Clinkingbeard” is my middle name! Watch it!
If my surname was Clinkingbeard I likely would go off on someone, too.
It has more testosterne than the entire Republican Party combined.
Yes, I also felt that it is possible that this is a made up name/name change. I doubt that she has any Indian heritage that would have given her this name. You know liberals, they like to pretend there something they are not.
The only thing that lacks from this article (really) is some connection to the “occupy” folks.
For instance, recently I wanted to review my recent posts, and was unable to for days! I was able however, to see posts of mine from 2001!
Surprises full of, this site is... as Yoda would say.
I told you there was some serious IRONY in this story! LOL
Was it her Staples gun?
the board said her diagnosis was making her resistant to treatment.
Thanks for the Welcome! :)
Lovely orange shirt!
Does she work on the highways? :o)
“the board said her diagnosis was making her resistant to treatment.”
The narcissism is the key. She won’t take the meds because she’s “perfect.” Ex was like that in a way. Hyper-Thyroid. She’d forget to take a dose, and, upon feeling much energized, would skip further doses. She was like a speed demon! Kept the house really clean though!
Well, I guess it’s a real name. I just googled for it, and found this:
Maybe it’s some sort of Teutonic teaser?
Klinkenbier (German) at Bing translator = jack beer
Klinken bier (Dutch) at Bing translator = sounding beer
She(?) looks Dutch. The D is really a B and with extra help from the beer goggles...
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