The family of a 24-year-old woman whose violent outburst in her Florida Atlantic University classroom went viral on YouTube says the incident is related to her bipolar disorder.
Jonatha Carr was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was 13 years old, according Local 10, and is now trying a new medication.
Sister Nicole Carr told Local 10 that when Jonatha saw the video, she told her, "I am sorry it happened. I wish it didn't, but I just couldn't stop."
“As a family and Jonatha as well we take full responsibility," mother Joyce Carr told CBS Miami. "We don’t minimize it because although she’s mentally ill, it’s part of her."
Jonatha Carr was in an evolution class March 20 on the Boca Raton campus when during a discussion about female selection among peacocks she reportedly asked why “evolution kills black people” before becoming violently angry, screaming racially charged threats and striking a male student in the head.
Carr was eventually pulled from the classroom, arrested on a battery charge by university police and subdued with a Taser three times on the way to the South County Mental Health Center, where she was involuntarily admitted for a mental health evaluation.
"I feel bad for those kids, and I apologize for them being put in that environment for such a long period of time," Joyce Carr said.
The family will meet with university officials to discuss Carr's future at FAU, where she maintains a 3.8 grade point average. The school has said it will not press charges.
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