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this is a discussion within the Everything Else Community Forum; A California college student who was blocked last year from handing out copies of the Constitution gave his school a lesson in civics and the law, winning a $50,000 settlement and an agreement to revise its speech codes. Robert Van ...

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Old 02-25-2014, 09:22 PM   #1
 
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California college student teaches school $50,000 lesson on Constitution

A California college student who was blocked last year from handing out copies of the Constitution gave his school a lesson in civics and the law, winning a $50,000 settlement and an agreement to revise its speech codes.

Robert Van Tuinen, 26, settled with Modesto Junior College just five months after his run-in with school officials on Sept. 17 – National Constitution Day. Van Tuinen said he’s more excited about getting the school to revise its speech codes, which previously confined the First Amendment to a small area students had to sign up to use.

“They were maintaining an unconstitutional speech code, and now any of my fellow students can go out and exercise their right to free speech,” Van Tuinen
- Robert Van Tuinen
“They were maintaining an unconstitutional speech code, and now any of my fellow students can go out and exercise their right to free speech,” Van Tuinen, an Army veteran who grew up in Modesto and now studies photography, told FoxNews.com.

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Old 02-27-2014, 08:20 AM   #2
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Re: California college student teaches school $50,000 lesson on Constitution

I don't see where his 1st amendment rights were violated...

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
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That was an expensive lesson for the college to learn, paying $50,000 shelved out!
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Old 03-09-2014, 08:13 AM   #4
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Re: California college student teaches school $50,000 lesson on Constitution

Originally Posted by Danno View Post
I don't see where his 1st amendment rights were violated...



What am I missing?

He assembled and was stopped.
He expressed speech and was stopped.
He attempted to distribute written word (press) and was stopped.

This us a public community college.

To prevent the distribution of an amendment of the Bill of Rights by any establishment much less a tax payer funded entity of higher learning is absurd.

Im a little surprised you see nothing wrong with a student passing out parts of the Bill of Rights, while university professors distribute socialist and communist information under the guise of higher learning.
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