By Maria Santos at Red Alert Politics
A former college student has been vindicated in a long-running free speech case, winning a $900,000 settlement from the school that kicked him out over a Facebook post eight years ago.
In 2007, Valdosta State University (VSU) student Hayden Barnes was protesting the building of two new campus parking garages.
Barnes, a passionate environmentalist, posted a parody picture to his Facebook page of the “Zacarri Memorial Parking Garage”—“Zacarri” being the last name of then-VSU president Ronald Zacarri.
Barnes meant the joke as a prod at Zacarri’s boasts about the garage being a “legacy” project for his presidency. But Zacarri claimed it was a death threat, and promptly expelled Barnes from the school for presenting a “clear and present danger...