A 21-year-old Illinois student is suing his community college.
The criminal justice student is claiming the school has violated
his free-speech rights.
Valley College prevented Dominic Celletti from posting flyers
on campus bulletin boards announcing a meeting to discuss civil
rights issues. The college's attorney says the Constitution allows
them to create a limited public forum for speech.
Institute president John Whitehead disagrees with the school's
"This is not a limited public forum -
this is what's called viewpoint discrimination," the attorney tells
OneNewsNow. "In other words, it's discriminating against a form of
speech. The standard has been [that] you have to show a compelling
interest, and I always wonder their compelling interest is ... they
did not tell me when I originally wrote the school, but I never
received any kind of response on that question."
Whitehead says his concern goes beyond this one particular
"I'm little concerned when the colleges and universities begin
discriminating against certain kinds of speech," he offers. "If you
allow that on any kind of speech, then I think in the end they're
going to create a situation where most speech will be banned.
That's why we're interested in the case."
Though Celletti met with college officials, he contacted the
Rutherford Institute about a lawsuit after the administration
showed no willingness to change the rules.