Texas students challenge protest restrictions

November 5, 2009

Clayton Smith and John Schwertz Jr. filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Tarrant County College District. They contend the college system restricts their First Amendment rights by controlling the time, place and manner of protests.

The students plan to participate in a nationwide demonstration next week known as "empty holster protests," calling attention to police forbidding concealed weapons on campus.

School officials have limited the protest to the front porch of the student center and prohibited handing out fliers from anywhere but behind a table on the porch, according to the lawsuit. Administrators also told the men they could not wear empty holsters...

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