Student told she needed “special permission” for protest signs.
A college student is suing her school after three campus cops and an administrator ordered her not to carry an anti-Obama sign and a pro-gun sign on campus without “special permission.”
Nicole Sanders, a student at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, was recently demonstrating with the signs when she was told she needed permission for them and had to stay in the college’s “free speech zone,” which is about the size of a parking space.
“I felt that the police were there to intimidate us to stop without any problems and it worked,” she told Infowars. “The police made me nervous.”
In order to receive permission, Sanders was expected to go through a lengthy application process with the Office of Student Life for a “free speech permit.”
“I needed to fill out a form stating what I’m doing, where I’m doing it at, who’s involved, and what outcome are we expecting,” she said, adding that she would also have to submit her signs to school officials for approval. “After we turn it in we would have to wait until four administrators sign it.”
In response, Sanders, with the help of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), has filed a lawsuit against Blinn stating that its policies and their enforcement are unconstitutional.
“I am doing this because I do not believe that the Constitution is a living document,” she told Infowars. “There’s a reason freedom of speech is the First Amendment, and without free speech on campus, administration can censor all speech that is heard.”
This story is eerily similar to the incident at California Polytechnic State University-Pomona earlier this year, in which school officials were also requiring students who engage in First Amendment activities on campus to apply for a “free speech permit.”
“Cal Poly Pomona’s campus policies impose a web of restrictions before students can distribute literature on campus: They must check in with the Office of Student Life, allow the school to copy their IDs, and wear badges signed by an administrator,” FIRE reported. “Even then, would-be speakers are relegated to the so-called ‘free speech zone.’”
“Badges can only be issued from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, although the Office of Student Life pledges to ‘work with’ any student who wishes to engage in expressive activity on evenings or weekends.”