Editorial at Whittier Daily News
Let the $110,000 Citrus College had to fork over this week to settle a free-speech lawsuit by a student be a lesson to other area colleges and schools: Stop abridging the First Amendment rights of those you teach.
Really. You are supposed to be teaching, among other things, about that crucial amendment to the Constitution along with the nine others that give Americans so many freedoms in so many ways.
Instead, what Citrus College administrators did by their actions was to give students a lesson in the way the First Amendment works. It’s that when you unfairly and illegally try to muzzle people, to keep them from talking — and no, we’re not dealing with someone crying “Fire!” in a movie theater here — there will be consequences...