7/10/14 Censoring Students


Merritt Burch and Anthony Vizzone attend the University of Hawaii at Hilo.  Burch is a molecular biology major.  Vizzone is studying computer science.  No gender studies or a major in puppetry for these two.

They’re also suing their school.

Burch and Vizzone are members of Young Americans for Liberty.  Last January, the pair participated in a university-sponsored event in manning table displays in the campus plaza to promote their clubs.  They joined other students in walking around handing-out literature.

But this is where the controversy begins.  Burch and Vizzone were engaging in the most despicable and vile behavior.

Wait for it.  Wait for it.

The pair were giving away pocket Constitutions.  Similar to this one.

That’s when a school administrator stepped in and admonished them.  They were ordered to stop handing out the Constitution.  And get back behind their table.  Which was tucked in the far corner away from the main group.

They were told if they had a problem with the rules they could express their opinion.  In the school’s designated “Free Speech Zone.”  Located in a small, often muddy area of the campus.  That few ever visited.

Another option was to submit a free speech request.  Seven business days in advance.  Which may or may not be approved.

The students’ lawsuit challenging the school’s unconstitutional speech rules was filed in U.S. District Court of Hawaii.

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