Talking free speech from outside a ‘free-speech zone’
OK. I understand a university’s need to curb “disruptive behavior.” So I suppose it’s acceptable to tell someone using a bullhorn near classrooms that he should stop doing so.
But it’s outrageous and downright asinine to come back later and tell that same person he not only can’t stand on a taxpayer-funded sidewalk at a taxpayer-funded institution of higher education and talk to fellow students but has to get a permit to talk in a “free-speech zone.”
That’s how I feel after reading this report from the Student Press Law Center about an incident at Georgia Perimeter College in Atlanta.
If the report is accurate, the administration acted ham-handedly and with censorship in mind.
I’ll be investigating further in hopes there’s more to this than meets the eye.
My opinions are my own until I tell you otherwise.
– Sonny Albarado, free speech advocate.
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