Tarrant County College

Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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  • Tarrant County College Bans Symbolic ‘Empty Holster’ Protest

    April 24, 2008

    Tarrant County College (TCC) repeatedly violated the constitutional rights of student protesters who intended to participate in the national "Students for Concealed Carry on Campus" protest by wearing empty holsters. The protest, held on college campuses throughout the country, is part of an effort to promote "the legalization of concealed carry by licensed individuals on… Read more

  • This Month in FIRE History: Tarrant County College Bans Symbolic ‘Empty Holster’ Protest

    May 25, 2012

    Four years ago this month, FIRE become embroiled in a battle that would end in a decisive victory for free speech in the courts.  The controversy first began in March 2008, when Tarrant County College (TCC) student Brett Poulos attempted to organize an "Empty Holster Protest." In conjunction with other protests spearheaded by Students for… Read more

  • Tarrant County College Ordered to Pay $240,000 after Losing Battle against the First Amendment

    October 15, 2010

    Attention, college administrators: Attempting to defend your institution’s unconstitutional speech code in court is very, very expensive. Unfortunately for Texas taxpayers, Tarrant County College (TCC) is the latest school to learn this lesson the hard way. About 240,000 times harder than it needed to be, in fact. Torch readers will remember that back in March, TCC’s speech code… Read more

  • FIRE Launches New Video Series With Short Film on Censorship of Gun-Related Speech

    June 30, 2010

    PHILADELPHIA, June 30, 2010—Today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is proud to release a new short film, “Empty Holsters: Gun Speech on America’s Campuses,” highlighting widespread campus censorship of student speech about guns. The film is the first in a new FIRE series focusing on how colleges and universities across America are… Read more

  • ‘Star-Telegram’ on Tarrant County College Victory

    March 25, 2010

    The Star-Telegram of Fort Worth, Texas, ran an excellent editorial on Wednesday about FIRE’s and the ACLU of Texas’ victory for free speech at Tarrant County College: The Tarrant County College administration has long operated with a heavy paternalistic hand, trying to keep the five-campus institution an insular place. But that’s been counterproductive to one… Read more

  • Win for Free Speech at Tarrant County College Grabbing Headlines

    March 17, 2010

    As we reported yesterday regarding our victory at Tarrant County College (TCC) in Texas, where students had been repeatedly denied the right to hold an “empty holster” protest, the federal district court’s decision in favor of First Amendment rights on campus is a big win for student speech. Specifically, as our press release notes: In his… Read more

  • Victory for Free Speech on Campus: Federal Court Strikes Down Gun Rights Protest Restrictions at Tarrant County College

    March 16, 2010

    As announced in our press release earlier this afternoon, we received word late yesterday that a federal district court found restrictions on symbolic speech on campus maintained by Tarrant County College (TCC) to be unconstitutional. The ruling is a striking victory for the First Amendment on campus. In his decision, U.S. District Judge Terry R…. Read more

  • Victory for Free Speech on Campus: Federal Court Strikes Down Gun Rights Protest Restrictions at Tarrant County College

    March 16, 2010

    FORT WORTH, Texas, March 16, 2010—Late yesterday, in a striking victory for the First Amendment on campus, a federal district court in Texas ruled that a number of restrictions on students’ speech at Tarrant County College (TCC) are unconstitutional. In his decision, U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means found that TCC’s reliance on a policy… Read more

  • Judge in Tarrant County College Trial ‘Astounded’ By Free Speech Restrictions

    January 15, 2010

    Tarrant County College (TCC) students Clayton Smith and John Schwertz Jr.—who, with the help of FIRE and the ACLU of Texas, filed a federal lawsuit in November to challenge TCC’s "free speech zone" policy—finally got their day in court this week. In fact, they got three days in court. And as the bench trial that… Read more

  • Hearing Today in ‘Free Speech Zone’ Lawsuit in Texas

    January 12, 2010

    The Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, Texas) is reporting on today’s hearing in federal court regarding FIRE’s case at Tarrant County College (TCC). As Torch readers will remember, TCC violated the constitutional rights of student protesters who intended to participate in the national “Students for Concealed Carry on Campus” protest by wearing empty holsters—just like students around… Read more

  • Tarrant County College Update: Empty Holster Protest Held, Trial Delayed

    November 17, 2009

    So far, so good at Tarrant County College in Texas, where members of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (SCCC) were finally able to hold a long-awaited "empty holster protest" last week following the issuance of a temporary restraining order by a federal judge. Issued on November 5, the judge’s order prevented TCC from prohibiting… Read more

  • Rights in the News: FIRE’s Campaigns in Texas, California, and Georgia Get Results

    November 6, 2009

    FIRE has been working hard to keep Torch readers up to date on the progress of our many cases this week. First and foremost is our case at Tarrant County College (TCC) in Texas, where a federal district court issued a temporary restraining order today prohibiting TCC from censoring an “empty holster” protest to be… Read more

  • Victory for First Amendment on Campus: Federal Court Grants Temporary Restraining Order Against Free Speech Zone, Permitting ‘Empty Holster’ Protest

    November 6, 2009

    In a victory for First Amendment rights on campus, a federal district court in Texas has granted two students at Tarrant County College (TCC) a temporary restraining order prohibiting TCC from censoring an "empty holster" protest scheduled for next week. The court’s decision to grant the order came two days after the students filed a… Read more

  • After Two Years of Censorship, Lawsuit Challenges TCC’s Free Speech Zone

    November 5, 2009

    On Tuesday, in cooperation with FIRE and the ACLU of Texas, students Clayton Smith and John Schwertz, Jr., at Fort Worth’s Tarrant County College filed a lawsuit in federal district court in the Northern District of Texas challenging the constitutionality of TCC’s tiny free speech zone. Yesterday, Smith and Schwertz filed a motion requesting a temporary restraining order to prohibit… Read more

  • Students File Lawsuit Challenging ‘Free Speech Zone’ After Repeated Censorship of Pro-Gun ‘Empty Holster’ Protest

    November 5, 2009

    FORT WORTH, Texas, November 5, 2009—Tarrant County College (TCC) students Clayton Smith and John Schwertz filed suit in federal district court late Tuesday against TCC. The students are seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent TCC from quarantining protected speech to the school’s tiny “free speech zone” when they participate in a national “empty holster”… Read more

  • CCAC First Amendment Scandal Earns a Critical Editorial

    June 23, 2009

    FIRE’s ongoing case at the Community College of Allegheny County is the focus of an editorial in today’s online edition of The Times Daily (Alabama). CCAC student Christine Brashier has been blocked by administrators from forming a gun-rights club on campus and was told to destroy all copies of her informational pamphlet. The editorial, while… Read more

  • Rights in the News: At Maryland, Virginia Tech, UMass and Elsewhere, FIRE Cases Grabbing Headlines

    April 10, 2009

    Another week, another crush of FIRE cases from around the country battling for headlines. I’ll start with Greg’s Huffington Post blog on the controversy swirling around the University of Maryland campus in the wake of a legislator’s threat to pull funding from the university if it allowed students to screen an adult film on campus—which,… Read more

  • Jefferson ‘Muzzle’ Awards for Censorship Given to Two Colleges Involved in FIRE Cases

    April 7, 2009

    Every year, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression awards the "Jefferson Muzzle" to a few of the year’s most egregious violators of free speech rights. For the second year in a row (and three out of the last four years), the Center has selected one or more of the malefactors in… Read more

  • Rights in the News: FIRE Issues Get the Lou Dobbs Treatment

    March 13, 2009

    As Will wrote earlier in the week, FIRE has seen far too many instances of students’ First Amendment rights being thrown out the window when used to support Second Amendment rights. FIRE has been all over the news concerning the most recent instance of this, in which a student at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU)… Read more

  • Too Often, First Amendment Protections Denied to Second Amendment Speech

    March 10, 2009

    The First Amendment protects core political speech—and, as should be obvious, that protection extends to speech regarding the Second Amendment. This means that students at public universities and private universities that promise the right to free expression on campus must be free to engage in unfettered discussion of the merits of federal, state and local… Read more

  • In Texas, First Amendment Imperiled in 2008

    January 1, 2009

    I’m not sure what happened down in Texas in 2008, but administrators at several schools have been unusually cowardly about even the slightest challenges to their ideas of good order on campus. During the election season there was the Great Non-Riot of 2008 at the University of Texas at Austin (UT), where two students faced… Read more

  • 2008 Highlights: FIRE Places Full-Page Ad in ‘U.S. News & World Report’ Calling Out ‘Red Alert’ Schools

    December 31, 2008

    While FIRE works on cases from hundreds of schools in a given year, we have a special list for those schools that have shown unique intransigence in the face of criticism from FIRE for abusing student and faculty rights. We call that special list our Red Alert list, and right now five schools have earned… Read more

  • ‘FIREside Chats’ Episode on Case at Tarrant County College

    June 9, 2008

    This week’s episode of FIRE’s podcast series FIREside Chats features FIRE Director of Legal and Public Advocacy Will Creeley and Director of FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program Adam Kissel discussing our ongoing case at Tarrant County College (TCC). Torch readers will recall that TCC prohibited its students from wearing empty gun holsters to protest policies… Read more

  • FIRE to Discuss ‘Empty Holster Protest’ on NRA Radio Tonight

    May 29, 2008

    Tune in to the National Rifle Association’s radio broadcast tonight at 10:20 p.m. ET to hear Adam Kissel talk about our case at Tarrant County College. The national broadcast is available at www.nranews.com or on Sirius’s Patriot Network, Channel 144.

  • Tarrant County College Responds to FIRE

    May 27, 2008

    On the heels of FIRE’s publicity campaign exposing Tarrant County College’s (TCC’s) refusal to allow an “empty holster” protest to take place on its south campus, TCC has broken its silence and responded to our April 24th letter. The response, from Vice Chancellor for Administration Erma J. Hadley, states that the decision to banish TCC… Read more

  • Media Covers FIRE’s Case at Tarrant County College

    May 27, 2008

    FIRE’s case at Tarrant County College (TCC)—where administrators prohibited students from holding an ’empty holster’ protest—has garnered significant media attention. The Associated Press covered the story on Friday, quoting FIRE Vice President Robert Shibley on the unconstitutionality of the ban: Robert L. Shibley, vice president for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, said wearing… Read more

  • Tarrant County College Bans Empty Holster Protest

    May 22, 2008

    As we reported in today’s press release, Tarrant County College (TCC) in Fort Worth, Texas, has banned students from wearing empty gun holsters as part of a protest against regulations and laws that prevent concealed carry license holders from carrying their guns on campus. Meant as a powerful metaphor for what these students see as… Read more

  • Tarrant County College Bans Symbolic ‘Empty Holster’ Protest; Banishes Students with Dissenting Opinions to Small Free Speech Zone

    May 22, 2008

    FORT WORTH, Texas, May 22, 2008—In a dramatic blow to freedom of expression, Tarrant County College (TCC) has prohibited its students from wearing empty gun holsters to protest policies that forbid students with concealed carry licenses from carrying concealed handguns on campus. A TCC administrator told interested students that they could not wear the holsters… Read more