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A graduate student from New Jersey was suspended for a full semester for posting an offensive comment making fun of a female classmate's weight online.
Joseph Aziz, 26, was disciplined by Montclair State University as punishment for writing in the comments section on YouTube that a woman's legs looked like 'a pair of bleached hams.'
The offensive remark accompanied a video from an event at the school where the guest speaker, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, was heckled by some of the students.
The speech was organized by a group where Aziz was a member, and he felt compelled to defend the keynote speaker.
The YouTube video has since been removed from the site along with the comments, but according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which is supporting Aziz, the footage featured a male student with whom the 26-year-old man disagreed politically...