Michigan professor who wore area helmet in profanity-laced video settles for $95K with college

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A Ferris State College professor who was suspended in January for making a profanity-filled video to welcome college students settled his authorized dispute with the varsity by agreeing to just accept $95,000.

Barry Mehler additionally agreed to a three-year gag order. If he criticizes Ferris State College, he could possibly be pressured to pay $60,000.

Mehler, 75, additionally agreed to retire from the varsity as an alternative of face termination. He taught historical past at Ferris State for many years. 

The professor was positioned on paid go away in January for telling college students in a video that “civilization is collapsing” and “life in your planet goes extinct,” earlier than telling college students that they’re “vectors of illness.”

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This picture from video offered and brought by Barry Mehler exhibits Mehler throughout a 14-minute YouTube video in the beginning of a brand new time period at Ferris State College. Mehler was suspended after making the provocative video.
(Barry Mehler by way of AP)

The 14-minute video bought greater than 500,000 views on YouTube. Mehler used profanities and made a sexual reference as he rambled on about his attendance coverage, grades, plagiarism and COVID-19.

Mehler was upset with the college over its refusal to require COVID-19 vaccinations. He referred to as college students “vectors of illness” and mentioned they didn’t must attend class in individual.

“You individuals are simply vectors of illness to me and I do not need to be wherever close to you, so preserve your f–king distance. If you wish to speak to me, come to my zoom,” Mehler mentioned.

Mehler additionally instructed college students that he’s beholden to “no human c–ksucker” and has a “paying f–king union job.”

Barry Mehler agreed to resign from Ferris State University in Michigan after he made a crude video for students.

Barry Mehler agreed to resign from Ferris State College in Michigan after he made a crude video for college kids.
(Barry Mehler by way of AP)

“I stand earlier than you in the present day beholden to no human c–ksucker and dealing a paying f–king union job and no limber d–k of an administrator goes to inform me the right way to educate my lessons as a result of I am a f–king tenured professor,” Mehler mentioned.

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He had a message for college kids who needed to file a grievance with their dean: “F–k you.”

“If you wish to go complain to your dean, f–k you, go forward, I am retiring on the finish of this 12 months and I could not give a flying f–k any longer,” Mehler mentioned.

He later mentioned that the speech he gave was tailored from an episode from HBO’s Deadwood and used it to handle the difficulty of plagiarism.

The professor filed a lawsuit in opposition to the college in late January, claiming it had violated his First Modification proper, in line with Mlive.com.

Barry Mehler smiles for a photo on Ferris State University's website.

Barry Mehler smiles for a photograph on Ferris State College’s web site.
(Ferris State College)

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Mehler later instructed the Related Press that he was performing within the video when talking to college students.

A number of syllabi from Mehler’s lessons, obtained by Fox Information Digital, include a “set off warning,” which states, “Dr. Mehler takes on many personas, a few of them are racist and a few of them are sexist. Because of this, Dr. Mehler makes use of profanity and what are ordinarily unacceptable racial and gender slurs. It will be significant for college kids to know that Dr. Mehler is rarely expressing his ‘personal’ opinions at school. He’s at all times performing and at all times presenting opinions of others.” 

Fox Information’ Adam Sabes and The Related Press contributed to this report.