Professor put on leave for saying she hopes presidential supporters get COVID-19 and die

A college professor in West Virginia has been placed on leave after telling her students that she hopes supporters of a “certain person” running for president get coronavirus “and die before the election.”

Video posted on social media identifies the teacher as Jennifer Mosher, a biology professor at Marshall University who made the inflammatory comments during an online class.

“I’ve become the type of person where I hope they all get it and die, I’m sorry,” she said, most likely referring to some supporters of President Trump,  who don’t wear masks at campaign rallies. “I said to somebody yesterday, I hope they all die before the election. That’s the only saving hope I have.”

She doesn’t refer to Trump by name but says a “certain person is holding rallies.”

Mosher then notes, “I really should not be talking politics.”

It’s unclear when Mosher made the comments but a statement from Marshall University on Friday said that it became “aware of an overtly political statement made by a faculty member.”

“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 statement said. “The professor was removed from the classroom yesterday and is on administrative leave, pending an investigation. There will be no further comment on this personnel matter at this time.”

With Post wires

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