Former VSU Student Awarded $900,000 in Free Speech Case

July 25, 2015

By Adam Floyd at The Moultrie Observer

VALDOSTA — A lawsuit filed by a former Valdosta State University student against the school’s former president ended Thursday with a near million-dollar settlement.

In 2008, Hayden Barnes filed a civil rights suit against VSU, then president Ronald Zaccari, other school administrators and the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

The suit stemmed from Barnes’ expulsion from the school in the spring of 2007 after he posted a “satirical environmentalist collage” on his personal Facebook page, according to Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), that helped Barnes file the suit...

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