Valdosta State student sues after he’s expelled

January 12, 2008

A student expelled from Valdosta State University after posting an online parody that school officials found threatening filed a federal lawsuit Friday, saying the punishment violated his right to free speech.

Hayden Barnes is suing Valdosta State President Ronald Zaccari, the University System Board of Regents and the university itself. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, where the University System of Georgia is based...