By Bob Kellogg at OneNewsNow
Faced with a potential lawsuit, Texas Christian University has reinstated a student who had been suspended for politically incorrect tweets.
The school put Harry Vincent, 19, on probation for four years, and barred him from most student activities, after liberals outside the school complained about tweets criticizing ISIS and Baltimore rioters.
Ari Cohn of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Educationsays the school’s reaction was appalling. By punishing Vincent so severely, he tells OneNewsNow, an institution of higher learning capitulated to a “mob of angry Internet commenters.”
Vincent’s punishment was noticed by Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes, who reported that Vincent called Baltimore rioters “hood rats” and referred to Mexicans as “beaner” via Facebook and Twitter.
“We are entitled to our freedom of speech,” Vincent told Starnes, “and we can’t sit back and allow institutions such as TCU to attempt to silence us.”
Even though Vincent’s suspension has been lifted, he remains on disciplinary probation.
FIRE says the list of punishments were inappropriate, especially since the school reacted to people not associated with the school.
“Nevertheless,” Cohn says, “it’s a step in the right direction at the very least.”
After FIRE sent TCU a cautionary letter of possible litigation, the chancellor called Vincent at home telling him the school had decided that they had acted too harshly.