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Michigan professor who wore space helmet in blasphemous video settles for $95,000 with university


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A Ferris State University The professor who was suspended in January for making a profanity-filled video to welcome students has settled his legal dispute with the school by agreeing to accept $95,000.

Barry Mehler also agreed to a three-year gag order. If he criticizes Ferris State University, he could be forced to pay $60,000.

Mehler, 75, also agreed to withdraw from school instead of being fired. He taught history at Ferris State for decades.

The professor was put on paid leave in January for telling students in a video that ‘civilization is collapsing’ and ‘life on your planet is dying’, before telling students they are disease vectors.

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This image from video provided and taken by Barry Mehler shows Mehler during a 14-minute YouTube video at the start of a new term at Ferris State University. Mehler was suspended after making the provocative video.
(Barry Mehler via AP)

The 14-minute video has been viewed over 500,000 times on YouTube. Mehler used profanity and made a sexual reference as he spoke about his attendance policy, grades, plagiarism and COVID-19.

Mehler was unhappy with the university for its refusal to require COVID-19 vaccinations. He called the students “disease vectors” and said they did not need to attend classes in person.

“You’re just disease vectors to me and I don’t want to be near you, so keep your distance. If you want to talk to me, come on my zoom,” Mehler said.

Mehler also told the students that he was beholden “to no human c–ksucker” and that he had a “paid fucking union job.”

Michigan professor who wore space helmet in blasphemous video settles for ,000 with university

Barry Mehler has agreed to resign from Ferris State University in Michigan after making a rude video for students.
(Barry Mehler via AP)

“I stand before you today I’m not beholden to any human c–sucker and I work in a fucking paid union job and no soft d–k of an administrator is going to tell me how to teach my class because I’m a f — King full professor,” Mehler said.

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He had a message for students who wanted to file a complaint with their dean: “Fuck you.”

“If you wanna go complain to your dean, fuck off, go ahead, I’m retiring at the end of this year and I don’t give a fuck anymore,” Mehler said.

He later said that the speech he gave was adapted from an episode of HBO’s Deadwood and used it to address the issue of plagiarism.

The professor filed a lawsuit against the university in late January, claiming it violated his First Amendment right, according to mlive.com.

Michigan professor who wore space helmet in blasphemous video settles for ,000 with university

Barry Mehler smiles for a photo on the Ferris State University website.
(Ferris State University)

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Mehler later told The Associated Press that he starred in the video when talking to the students.

Several lesson plans from Mehler’s classes, obtained by Fox News Digital, contain a “trigger warning,” which reads, “Dr. Mehler takes on many personalities, some of them racist and some of them sexist. As a result, Dr. Mehler uses profanity and what is usually unacceptable racial and sexual slurs. It is important for students to understand that Dr. Mehler never voices his “own” opinions in class. He is always a good performer and always presents the opinions of others.

Adam Sabes of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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