LSU banned graduate assistants from teaching after she left threatening voicemails to state lawmakers.
On Tuesday, the Louisiana legislature voted to override a veto on a bill that would have outlawed hormone therapy and puberty inhibitors for minors.
Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards previously vetoed the bill, which was passed by the legislature in June.
Marcus Venable, a Louisiana State University graduate assistant in the sociology department, took his anger out on a Republican state legislator who voted to ban sex change for minors.
Venable left a very angry voicemail for Louisiana state senator Mike Fesi.
He called Senator Mike Fesi a “big fat-headed mom” and said he “can’t wait to read your name on the obituary.”
UNHINGED: This is a voicemail sent to the Louisiana State Senator @Sen_BigMikeFesi after he voted to override Governor John Bel Edwards’ veto on a bill to ban changing the sex of children in which @LSU Professor Marcus Venable called him “crap” and said, “I can’t… pic.twitter.com/IEKisCF6mg
— Greg Price (@harga_greg11) July 20, 2023
LSU immediately banned Marcus Venable from teaching at the school.
A state senator said he contacted law enforcement after a part-time teacher and graduate student at LSU left vulgar voicemails following a veto session in which lawmakers pushed for legislation banning transgender health care for minors.
Senator Mike Fesi told WBRZ he turned the tape over to local law enforcement and the State Police for investigation. Fesi shared the explicit voicemail, which has been heard millions of times after circulating on social media Thursday.
The sender was later identified as Marcus Venable, an LSU graduate student who taught sociology classes at the university.
LSU said in a statement Thursday that Venable would no longer be allowed to teach at the school, saying his message to the senator “crossed the line”.
As a university, we encourage open and respectful dialogue. Like all people, graduate students with teaching assignments had the right to express their opinion, but these obscene and threatening calls crossed the line. This is not indicative of the character we would expect from someone who is given the privilege of teaching as part of their graduate assistantship. Students will be allowed to continue their studies but will not be extended to teaching opportunities in the future.