Student Sues Community College, Alleges Professor Called Him ‘a Fascist Bastard’ in Class

By February 17, 2009

by Pete Winn

It's tough enough for most college students to give a public speech. What if you gave a speech and your professor interrupted you, called you "a fascist bastard"--and refused to give you a grade?

That's what Los Angeles Community College student Jonathan Lopez said happened to him in his Introduction to Speech 101 class in late November, according to the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), a religious rights law group in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Last week, on Lopez's behalf, ADF filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Los Angeles against the community college's chancellor, individual members of the board of trustees and speech professor John Matteson for allegedly violating the student's First Amendment rights...