As we reported on the Torch last month, Sally Jacobsen, then a professor at Northern Kentucky University (NKU), turned the concept of free speech on its head by encouraging students in one of her classes to “express their freedom-of-speech rights” by destroying an anti-abortion display erected by an NKU student group. NKU responded quickly to Professor Jacobsen’s appalling act of censorship by placing her on leave from the university. Now, things have gotten even worse for Jacobsen. The Louisville Courier-Journal reported yesterday that Jacobsen has been charged with criminal solicitation for encouraging her students to commit criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking by destroying the display. Perhaps now Jacobsen understands the difference between free speech and destruction of property.
College administrators should eliminate speech codes and defend free speech in all cases. No hypocrisy. No double standards.