“for violating the school’s policies”
This has happened at other schools a few times over the last few years. These students are now suing the school.
Michigan College Arrests Kids for Handing Out Constitutions, Whines About Being ‘Vilified’ When Students Sue
Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) members were passing out pocket-sized copies of the U.S. Constitution to fellow students at Kellogg Community College (KCC) in Michigan when college officials approached them and ordered them to stop. When the members refused—arguing that the First Amendment protected their actions—they were arrested for violating the school’s policies.
The charges were dropped 10 days later, but KCC students and YAL members Michelle Gregoire and Brandon Withers, along with the rest of the KCC YAL chapter, sued the community college, the Board of Trustees, and a few other administrators for violating their First Amendment rights, as Reason reported earlier this year.
Now the administration is claiming that they are the real victims and have been unfairly vilified by the YAL lawsuit.
“Despite repeated public statements that the College does not take into consideration the content of speech or solicitation when granting access to campus, the YAL [chapter] and its supporters have vilified the College by spreading false information about why individuals were arrested on Sept. 20 and by suggesting that KCC does not value the U.S. Constitution or the free speech rights of its students,” KCC spokesman Eric Greene said in a press release, “These accusations couldn’t be further from the truth.”
The community college claims that the YAL members could have gone on about their business had they just filed some paperwork and acquired a permit, but it is that exact policy the lawsuit argues is unconstitutional.
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