Marshall puts professor on administrative leave over political comments

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall University announced Friday that it’s put a professor on administrative leave after an overtly political statement made during a recent virtual classroom session.

Marshall does not identify the faculty member but a widely circulating video on social media shows College of Science Assistant Professor Jennifer Mosher apparently talking about supporters of President Donald Trump not following COVID-19 guidelines.

“I’ve become the type of person where I hope they all get it and die,” Mosher said. “I’m sorry. I am so frustrated…I just don’t know what else to do.”

The beginning of the video shows Mosher making some comments about those attending Trump rallies not wearing masks.

“You can’t argue with them. You can’t talk sense into them. I said to somebody yesterday, ‘I hope they all die before the election.’ That’s the only saving hope I have right now,” Mosher said.

The video then shows Mosher, an assistant professor in Biological Sciences, trying to move on to other topics.

“Definitely bootlickers. Anyhow, okay, I’m going to stop talking about politics because I really should not be talking politics in here,” Mosher said.

Marshall University said in its statement:

“The university does not support or condone the use of any of its educational platforms to belittle people or wish harm on those who hold differing political views.

“The professor was removed from the classroom yesterday and is on administrative leave, pending an investigation.”

MetroNews reached at to Mosher for comment but has yet to receive a reply.

The statement from Marshall University said it would not be making any further comments.

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