CNN - An angry Texas college professor decided to fail his entire class after what he called "a semester of disrespect."
In an email Mr. Horwitz sent to his students, he called them a disgrace to the school. He said he will no longer be teaching the course and will be giving everyone in the class a failing grade.
"Yesterday I finally reached the breaking point," Horwitz said.
He sent a lengthy email to his strategic management class explaining that they would all be failing the course. Horwitz said the students proved to be "incompetent" and lacked "the maturity level to enter the workforce."
"It became apparent that they couldn't do some of the most simple and basic things they should have been able to do," he said.
The email he sent cited examples of students cheating, telling him to "chill out" and inappropriate conduct.
Horwitz said that students spread untrue rumors about him online, and at one point, he even felt the need to have police protection in class.
Some students said they were shocked to get the email.
"Just ridiculous, I had never had a problem in the class. I thought I had done pretty well, done pretty well on the first test, and then I get an email saying I am going to get an F in the class. It was overwhelming," said John Shaw, a senior at the college.
Horwitz said in the 20 years he has been a professor, he has never dealt with a class as disgraceful as this one.
"This class is unique. I have never failed a class. It is very rare that I fail students. Sometimes learning incorporates tough love," Horwitz said.
Dr. Patrick Louchouarn, the vice president of academic affairs at the university made it very clear that although they respect Mr. Horwitz, his failing grades won't stick.
"None of them have failed until the end of the class, meaning the only reason a student would fail is because he or she has not performed the expectations for that particular class," Louchouarn said.
The department head will take over the class until the end of the semester, officials said.