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A California college just found out the hard way that the 1st Amendment protects free speech.

You would have thought they would embrace it not suppress it.

But last year, police at Modesto Junior College in Modesto, Calif., ordered a student not to pass out copies of the Constitution. Millions were outraged. The student sued.

On Monday, the school agreed to a $50,000 settlement and vowed to revise its policies to encourage free speech on campus, a decision officials reached as a result of the students First Amendment lawsuit.

Robert Van Tuinen, 26, applauded the decision, telling FoxNews.com that the college was enforcing an unconstitutional speech code. He said he is happy that his fellow students can all now go out and exercise their right to free speech.

Last September, Van Tuinen video recorded his encounter with an unidentified campus officer who confronted him minutes after he started handing out copies of the U.S. Constitution on National Constitution Day.


There are rules, the officer says in the video.

But do you know what this is? Van Tuinen replies. What are the rules? Why are the rules tied to my free speech?

After some back and forth, Van Tuinen was escorted into an administrative office and informed that his free speech is regulated by campus rules. He was told he would have to go to a free speech zone in front of the student center if he wanted to continue handing out the pamphlets.

Thats when the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) joined forces with a Washington law firm and filed a lawsuit in federal court. Roughly five months after the incident, the school essentially admitted full defeat by agreeing to the $50,000 settlement and promising to revise its speech code.

Though most of his $50,000 settlement will go towards paying legal fees, its likely that the lawsuit wasnt about the money for Van Tuinen. He did say, however, he will be glad to use whats leftover to pay some other bills.


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Source: http://strikingtherightbalance.com/2016/10/09/college-gets-1st-amendment-lesson-after-banning-student-from-passing-out-copies-of-the-constitution/