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Marshall University Suspends Professor For 'Overtly Political Statement' On Coronavirus

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Marshall University officials said Friday they have put a professor on administrative leave while they investigate controversial statements made in a virtual classroom setting.

In a news release, Marshall University administrators said they are aware of a video in which a faculty member made an “overtly political statement.”

Although administrators did not identify the professor in question, video circulating on social media shows College of Science assistant professor Jennifer Mosher saying she hopes those who don’t wear masks die of the coronavirus before the election.

“I've become the type of person where I hope they get it and die,” Mosher said. “I'm sorry, but I am so frustrated — and just — I don't know what else to do. You can't argue with them. You can't talk sense into them. I said to somebody yesterday, ‘I hope they'll die before the election.’ That's the only saving hope I have right now.”

She went on to say she “should not be talking politics.”

In the 44-second clip that provides no additional context, Mosher does not specifically reference those who support President Donald Trump, although she does mention an indoor event where attendees were not wearing masks.

University administrators said in a statement the school “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 university said the professor was removed from the classroom as of Thursday and is on administrative leave, pending an investigation.

Attempts to reach Mosher for comment were unsuccessful.

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