Michigan professor wearing space helmet tells students they are 'vectors of disease' in Zoom rant

A professor at Ferris State University in Michigan has been placed on administrative leave after telling students that they are "vectors of disease" in a course video to students.
The video, posted to YouTube by Ferris State University History Professor Barry Mehler on Jan. 9, shows him greeting students while wearing a mask and what appears to be a space helmet.
Mehler told students that "civilization is collapsing" and "life on your planet is going extinct," before telling students that they are "vectors of disease."
"You people are just vectors of disease to me and I don't want to be anywhere near you, so keep your f--king distance.
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, PROFESSOR CLASH OVER 'INDIGENOUS LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT'Mehler also told students that he is beholden to "no human c--ksucker" and has a "paying f--king union job."
He had a message for students who wanted to file a complaint with their dean: "F--k you."
The professor is also the director of Ferris State University's Institute for the Study of Academic Racism, according to a now-deleted faculty page on Ferris State University's website.
Mehler also told students in the video that they have "no control" over their grades.
The professor added that he does "randomly assign grades before the first day of class," and told students that he will wear the space helmet to class.
Mehler told students that they can come to class if they "don't give a sh-t about whether grandpa lives or dies."
A spokesperson for Ferris State University told Fox News Digital that Mehler has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
It is profane, offensive and disturbing and in no way reflects our University or its values," Eisler said.