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WVU Students Protest Free Speech Zones on Campus

February 12, 2002

By Vicki Smith at The Associated Press State & Local Wire

Led by an Abe Lincoln lookalike, dozens of students paraded around the West Virginia University campus Tuesday, protesting a decades-old policy that limits free speech to two outdoor areas the size of small classrooms.

They timed their demonstration to coincide with Lincoln's birthday, Black History Month and WVU Gay Pride Week, arguing the zones are not only unconstitutional, but also inadequate for a school with more than 20,000 students.

"The First Amendment and other laws on the books cover free speech. There's no need to keep us penned into zones," said the Lincoln imitator, Nathan Moore, a 21-year-old senior from Huntington. "Free speech should be OK anywhere in public," he said. "A policy that intrinsically limits free speech is just wrong... Download file "WVU Students Protest Free Speech Zones on Campus"

Schools: West Virginia University Cases: West Virginia University: Limit on Speech to Campus “Free Speech Zones”