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Student Who Records Viral Video On MSU Prof Speaks Out

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Just Wednesday, the student who captured the video remarks of MSU Professor William Penn on his cell phone wanted to remain anonymous. The video eventually resulted in Penn being removed from teaching for the semester.



The video of Professor Penn's anti-republican rant has gone viral with more than 125,000 views on YouTube.


It all began when Evan Schrage decided to record the professor on his cell phone. "Well I had seen what he was starting to do, spewing political hate. This kind of thing has no place in the classroom and I knew nobody would believe if I didn't film it."

Schrage says he made the video public to send a message to the university. "They'd be more inclined to respond to it. Everybody knows about it now. And it's something that people need to know about."

But others in the class didn't feel Penn's remarks were necessarily offensive. "When he gave that speech, I didn't think it was a big deal. He talked about his opinions," said Anthony Panella, one of Professor Penn's students.

Panella says being off the cuff is Penn's teaching style. "Just from the first couple classes with Penn, I thought he was a good guy."

Regardless, the university has removed Penn from all classes this fall, a move Schrage says isn't enough. "If this is all there is, I think this a very weak punishment. Essentially this is a paid vacation."

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