Update: Michigan State to investigate professor's anti-Republican rant

Josiah Ryan <BR> and Caleb Bonham
Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

The administration will look into comments Penn made on Thursday.

Michigan State University (MSU) officials will investigate anti-Republican comments award-winning professor William Penn was secretly recorded making to his literature class on Thursday, a school spokesman told Campus Reform Tuesday evening.

"At MSU it is important the classroom environment is conducive to a free exchange of ideas and is respectful of the opinions of others," Kent Cassella,an MSU spokesman wrote. 

WATCH: Secret video of MSU professor bashing Republicans, Romney family

"[M]SU is thankful we’ve been made aware of the situation," he said, referring the secret video recording which was viewed by hundreds of individuals on Tuesday.

"We will be looking into it," he added. 

The professor was caught on camera on the very first day of his creative writing class bashing Mitt and Ann Romney and ranting against “old Republicans” who he says “raped” the country, according to a student who made a secret recording of the class. 

The eight-minute secretly recorded video also reveals Prof. William S. Penn bullying a student who apparently disagreed with his Democratic politics and arguing that Republicans want to prevent "black people" from voting.

“If you go to the Republican convention in Florida, you see all of the old Republicans with the dead skin cells washing off them,” said Penn. “They are cheap. They don't want to pay taxes because they have already raped this country and gotten everything out of it they possibly could.”

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Josiah Ryan <BR> and Caleb Bonham

Josiah Ryan

Editor-in-Chief Emeritus
Josiah Ryan is a former editor-in-chief for Campus Reform, and former director of communications for LI's Campus Leadership Program. Previously Josiah reported on the U.S. Senate for The Hill newspaper in Washington D.C. and was the cofounder of The Floor Action blog, a live-stream on policy, politics, and procedure in the upper chamber.
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