FIRE questions suspension

December 4, 2007

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has asked the president of Daytona Beach Community College to explain its decision to bar from its campus a student who has aggressively questioned whether the college’s contractual relationship with its Follett-run campus bookstore is in the best interests of students. In its letter last month to President D. Kent Sharples, lawyers for the group said that it appeared that the college had punished Thomas Rebman for “engaging in speech protected by the First Amendment or for planning to attend a meeting of the Board of Trustees to present a grievance,” by trying Rebman in absentia on charges of threatening a college employee and disorderly conduct—accusations Rebman denies. FIRE asked that Rebman be allowed to return to the campus to finish his degree. College officials did not respond to requests for comment.