Student at California college told he can’t pass out Constitutions on Constitution Day

September 19, 2013

by Kelsey Osterman at Red Alert Politics

One California college student discovered his school’s strict rules on free speech when he was told that he couldn’t pass out copies of the U.S. Constitution on Tuesday — which was Constitution Day.

Robert Van Tuinen, a student at Modesto Junior College, was handing out copies of the document when a campus police officer told him he needed to get prior permission to do so. The cop directed Van Tuinen to the Student Development office to fill out the necessary paperwork.

Van Tuinen protested, pointing out that he had the right to free speech.

“Isn’t that a violation of my First Amendment rights?” the student asked the officer.

“I don’t believe it is,” the cop responded.

Upon speaking with someone in the Student Development office, Van Tuinen was informed that he would only be allowed to pass out copies of the Constitution in a tiny area known as the “free speech zone.” And he would be required to schedule his exercise of so-called “free speech” days or weeks in advance,

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