Valdosta State prof arrested for battery (the assault kind) in laptop incident

This is one of those unfortunate “sign of the times” stories.

Following a disagreement over a female student’s use of a notebook computer in his Valdosta State University law class, Dr. Frank Rybicki allegedly closed the laptop’s lid on the student’s hands, and charges were filed.

VSU’s student newspaper, The Spectator, has details. Note: Many of the posts in the comments section support Dr. Rybicki and criticize the alleged victim’s behavior.

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Grant graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English. He is a former newspaper reporter, editor, and bureau chief with The Macon Telegraph and served as a Georgia state government spokesman for several years.

He lives in suburban Atlanta with his wife, Judy, and two children–a college freshman and a high school senior. Actively involved in community affairs, he has served as a PTA president, a local school council member, and as a soccer coach for twelve seasons.