Following former First Lady Barbara Bush’s death on April 17, 2018, Fresno State University professor Randa Jarrar used her personal Twitter account to criticize the Bush family and the Iraq War, and to rejoice in Bush’s passing. After Jarrar’s comments and subsequent sparring with critics on Twitter went viral, Fresno State administrators called a press conference and announced that the university was initiating a “long” investigation, while the president condemned the remarks as “beyond free speech” and “disrespectful.” After a coalition of civil liberties organizations led by FIRE wrote to Fresno State to remind the university that Jarrar’s expression is protected by the First Amendment, the university abandoned its investigation.
FIRE Case Files
VICTORY: Fresno State drops investigation into professor’s fiery tweets about former First Lady Barbara Bush
April 25, 2018 | Read More
Coalition of civil liberties organizations to Fresno State: First Amendment doesn’t have a ‘disrespectful’ exception
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