California College Gets Busted, Again, For Violating Free Speech

December 9, 2014

By Bob Kellog at OneNewsNow

Citrus College student Vincenzo Sinapi-Riddle was collecting signatures for a petition against the National Security Agency domestic surveillance while staying inside the school’s free-speech zone.

Robert Shibley of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, explains that Sinapi-Riddle ran into trouble when he talked to someone during a break.

“He started talking to somebody about the petition,” Shibley advises. “And that’s when the administrators caught him and told him he could only discuss those political matters within the free speech zone.”

Citrus is a community college of approximately 12,300 students located in Glendora.

This is not the first time FIRE has sued Citrus College over limiting students’ free speech. The first time was in 2003.

“It snuck back into place so were forced to once again bring a suit against Citrus College,” which has now cost the school $110,000, says the FIRE spokesman.

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