Student suspended for questioning governor

After Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy spoke at Asnuntuck Community College (ACC) on Oct. 23, 2013, student Nicholas Saucier questioned him about gun-control legislation, as shown on video. Saucier was led off campus by ACC President James Lombella and a security guard, then suspended and found guilty of harassment and threats.

At a Nov. 18 hearing, ACC refused to review the videos. Saucier was placed on probation and threatened with suspension or expulsion for “any future conduct violations.”

The college denied Saucier’s free speech and due-process rights, charges the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). Are kangaroo courts the norm at Asuntuck? asks Peter Bonilla.

A machine-technology student and a veteran, Saucier used his savings to start an ammunition business that’s gone “belly up” because of the law, he told the governor.

College OKs ‘empty holster’ protest

Young Americans for Liberty will hold an “empty holster” protest against gun control at Florida’s Santa Fe College, despite opposition by campus police. President Jackson Sasser acknowledged YAL’s free speech rights, after receiving a letter from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).  The “First Amendment is of paramount importance to our mission to educate students and prepare them to be leaders in our society,” Sasser wrote.

Tarrant County College in Texas refused to allow a similar protest for two years. Students sued and won, costing the college $240,000 in legal fees.