“unclear whether students needed to physically be inside the Free Speech Zones to use their First Amendment Rights”
Free speech zones are a joke. Why are colleges even allowed to use them?
Campus Reform reports:
College clarifies free speech zone policy amid mounting pressure
A community college in Texas clarified its policy on free speech zones after more than three months of questioning from concerned students and Campus Reform.
Lone Star College-Tomball, a community college in Texas, first came to Campus Reform’s attention in April after the school punished a conservative student for voicing support for the Second Amendment in the wake of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Following the conservative student’s punishment, Campus Reform brought to light that the school promised “freedom of thought” to students, but nowhere did it commit to freedom of speech. Five days later, the school created a page touting its new Free Speech Zones, confined for undergraduates to two walkways on campus.
The school’s response prompted concern by students, activists, and free speech organizations, such as the Foundation for Individual Rights (FIRE).
Under the new policy, it was unclear whether students needed to physically be inside the Free Speech Zones to use their First Amendment Rights. Those who called the school seeking clarification were redirected to voicemail, or, in many cases, their calls were disconnected.
Quade Lancaster, the conservative student who was punished for expressing conservative views on guns, was one of the students who told Campus Reform his call was disconnected.
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