Student's free-speech win affects thousands of others

Thursday, December 27, 2018
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

U.S. ConstitutionIt took two years but students at a California community college are finally free to hand out copies of the U.S. Constitution on campus.

Pierce College, located in Los Angeles, required that constitution-holding students stand in the school's "free speech" zones, and get permission to do so, in order to exercise their free speech, reports Campus Reform.

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education attorney Brynne Madway tells OneNewsNow that student Kevin Shaw sued the school for restricting his constitutional rights.

"As part of the settlement," says Madway, "the defendants agreed to get rid of the tiny free speech zone on the Pierce College campus, and students won't have to get a permission slip before engaging in peaceful, non-disruptive expression on the campus."

Pierce is part of the Los Angeles Community College District, the largest district of its kind in the United States.

Madway says the court decision applies to the whole district, impacting approximately 150,000 students.

Campus Reform reports Shaw was handing out Spanish-language copies of the U.S. Constitution in 2016 when an administrator told him that he would have to confine his activity to the school's "free speech zone."

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