College student sues school over free-speech zone

Thursday, December 29, 2016
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

judge banging gavelA college student who was told he couldn't share his faith on campus – even in a designated free speech area - is suing the school.

The student, Chike Uzuegbunam, filed a complaint Dec. 19 in federal court against Georgia Gwinnett College.

Gwinnett is a public university of approximately 9,000 students in Lawrenceville, Ga.

The student is being represented by attorney Travis Barham and Alliance Defending Freedom. The attorney calls free speech zones an "absurd" restriction. 

"Once you're in them, the college can shut you down if someone complains about what you're saying," he says. "So there's really no place on campus that is open to free speech."

Uzuegbunam alleges he was abiding by the college's strict policy but was told he couldn't share his faith.

Barnham says Gwinnett is one of many schools that have received an ADF letter warning that the free-speech restriction is unconstitutional.

"And they just blew it off. They didn't even bother to respond," the attorney recalls. "And so now, several years later, here we are with a lawsuit." 

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