Two students are suing the University of Hawaii for violating their First Amendment rights after administrator prevented them from distributing copies of the U.S. Constitution -- demonstrating a frigh
|Scooped by Katie Biggs|
Current Event April 25, 2014
The University of Hawaii decided to stop two students from handing out copies of the U.S. Constitution in front of the university. The two students, Merritt Burch and Anthony Vizzone, are both members of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at their university. They were distributing copies of the Constitution at a recruitment event for their chapter. The school administration says they are violating school policy by distributing the copies somewhere other than that school designated "free speech zone." The students decided to sue the administration for violating their First Amendment rights. The case was picked up by the same lawyer that defended a similar case in California.
Deja Vu. Didn't a similar case happen very recently? Indeed. Remember the cop that stops the students from handing out copies of the Constitution on Constitution Day? Are we seeing a pattern? What about the Constitution is offensive in the eyes of the school administrations? Furthermore, if the students were conducting an event for their chapter would they not have to get school permission to hold it on campus. The administration would have to approve the event and knowing what type of club the recruitment was being held for why did they not expect the members to be representing some kind of American documentation. If the distribution was not obtrusive or disruptive, how can it be in violation? And if the distribution is confined to students that are interested in applying to the chapter that values the Constitution, how can that be offensive? Its not like the students were trying to force their ideals onto to unwelcoming fellow students or protesting something on school grounds. I think the administration did violate the student's First Amendment rights in this case.