Trigger pardon me for saying so but you may have missed an opportunity to educate your fellow students as well as your professor. While the "cold dead hands" is a nice sound bite, looks like you these folks might have benifited from a well thought out, eloquent response. Of course you might have "read" the room, saw it was pointless, and did the only thing you could. I'm just saying, don't pass up on a chance to get in a well reasoned and calm opinion. We need all the help we can get.
"No Curling in the Squat Rack!"