California College Student Wins Settlement in Free Speech Case

February 27, 2014

By Bethany Monk at CitizenLink

An Army veteran who was prohibited from handing out copies of the U.S. Constitution last year — on National Constitution day — won a settlement against a California college earlier this week.

Robert Van Tuinen was attempting to hand out copies of the document on Sept. 17, the 226th anniversary of its signing. A Modesto Junior College (MJC) campus security guard told him he had to register first. Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), said Van Tuinen was also told he had to remain inside a “free speech area.” He happened to record the entire incident...

Schools: Modesto Junior College Cases: Modesto Junior College: Students Barred from Distributing Constitutions on Constitution Day