Professor in Michigan placed on leave after discovery of 'racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic slurs'

A Ferris State University professor was placed on administrative leave on Thursday after he reportedly hurled anti-Semitic and homophobic slurs on Twitter. 

Ferris State President David Eisler said in a statement on Monday that the school was “shocked and outraged” by the tweets from Thomas Brennan, an assistant physical science professor. An investigation is currently underway. 

Screenshots of tweets obtained by FSU’s student newspaper The Torch show him using racist and anti-Semitic slurs and dubbing COVID-19 a hoax. 


“Covid19 is another jewish revolution,” one tweet read. Another read “I’d say covid-19 is fake. An evil medical system just killed a bunch of old people.”

During a Zoom meeting in August, Brennan said that the COVID-19 death rates in the U.S. were exaggerated, and dubbed the pandemic and rioting “leftist stunts,” according to Eisler’s statement. Brennan was later disciplined.  

Eisler said that he was placed on leave Thursday and that an investigation is underway. A Ferris State spokesperson did not comment to MLive.com regarding whether he was placed on leave over the tweets, his comments on COVID-19, or both. 

“Our University was founded on the concept that education is for all of the people all of the time, that all people are welcome here,” Eisler said. “We strongly reject these statements, condemn them and will not tolerate them.” 

In a statement to Mlive.com, Brennan said he was “being unfairly portrayed as a racist and anti-Semite.” He also said that he thought the pandemic has been over exaggerated by the media and government, although he acknowledged that COVID-19 is not a hoax. 

Brennan’s account is hidden from public view, according to the news outlet, and was apparently made private after inquiries from The Torch.