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Samson Cournane is a 15-year-old student at the University of Maine and a patient-safety advocate. In July 2021, Northern Light Health’s Eastern Maine Medical Center fired his mother, a respected pediatric intensive care doctor, without cause after she raised concerns about pediatric-safety protocols. While Dr. Yered sought to resolve her wrongful termination claims without litigation, Samson decided to do his own research.
In May 2022, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors approved diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) regulations requiring all community college professors to incorporate politicized DEIA concepts in the classroom.
School board trustees Michelle O’Connor-Ratcliff and T.J. Zane embraced the interactive nature of social media. They used their personal Facebook and Twitter accounts to solicit feedback from constituents, invite the public to board meetings, and answer questions. But when they tired of two concerned parents’ probing commentary, the trustees hit the block button.
When signing their appointment letters, WVU faculty must pledge to “accept and encourage change that is for the greater good” and to “avoid conduct that reflects adversely on the image of the University.”
If you are facing retaliation over protected speech, or if you are a college student or faculty member whose First Amendment rights may have been violated, reach out to FIRE to learn more about how we can protect your rights.