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Contra Costa Times editorial at Bay Area News Group
Sometimes, the student can be the teacher.
That's a lesson driven home to officials at Modesto Junior College on Monday as they agreed to pay $50,000 to MJC student and Army veteran Robert Van Tuinen to settle a lawsuit that alleged the college had violated his free-speech rights.
Van Tuinen's suit was filed last fall after campus officials tried to prevent him from handing out copies of the U.S. Constitution to other students in a public area of the campus -- on Constitution Day, no less. They argued that doing so was against their campus policies...