Chalking Incident Touches Off Debate About Free Speech On Coastal Carolina Campus

December 10, 2014

By Charles D Perry at The State

The bright yellow sign bore two messages.

One side declared Ali Cohen’s frustration with Coastal Carolina University for disciplining her over some sidewalk chalk. The other jabbed at the ironic nature of Wednesday’s “Express Your Stress” event to promote free speech.

It was a Coastal sanctioned gathering. And no chalk was allowed.

“Free speech all the time. Not just when admin says when, where, what about,” one side of Cohen’s sign stated. “#BlackLivesMatter. And I should not be facing charges for writing that.”

Cohen, a junior, confirmed that she is among at least four students facing Coastal conduct charges stemming from chalk messages that were written on the sidewalks of Prince Lawn last week. She said a formal hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

Two police reports were filed over the chalking, which took place on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. The students’ messages described concerns about a grand jury’s recent decision not to indict a white police officer who shot and killed a black man in Ferguson, Mo...

Schools: Coastal Carolina University