STUDENT PREVENTED FROM HANDING OUT CONSTITUTIONS SUES PIERCE

[4/4/17]  A Pierce College student has filed a lawsuit challenging the school’s free speech zone after he was stopped for handing out copies of the Constitution outside of the tiny zone.

In November 2016, Kevin Shaw was handing out Spanish-translated copies of the U.S. Constitution for Young Americans for Liberty when he was stopped by a campus administrator who instructed him that he was not allowed to distribute literature outside of the campus free speech zone, which comprises just 0.003 percent of campus.

According to Fox News, the entire free speech zone is approximately the size of three parking spaces.

Students also have to fill out a permit application prior to using the small zone, and Shaw discovered he would to be asked to leave campus if he did not follow this procedure.

“When I attempted to hand out copies of the Constitution that day, my only intention was to get students thinking about our founding principles and to inspire discussion of liberty and free speech,” Shaw explained. “I had no idea I would be called upon to defend those very ideals against Pierce’s unconstitutional campus policies.”


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