Kent State censorship abridges student's rights

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I'm writing this letter regarding a matter of censorship at Kent State University. It seems that a young man wrote, on his Twitter site, disparaging remarks about gays and one gay individual from another school.

While I don't condone or agree with what he wrote, I feel that KSU had no right to punish him for expressing his opinion unless he was threatening the health or welfare of an individual. His rights, as well as the rights of all of us, are in jeopardy when political correctness gives groups, government or institutions the right to punish those views that aren't their own. The Constitution guarantees the right to express our opinions and ideas whether they are popular or unpopular. It is up to all of us to guarantee that all people share equally in those rights.

I feel that KSU should reinstate the young man to all of his activities and apologize to him for trying to suppress his freedom of speech. They also can disavow what was written by him.

Philip T. Cox, Atwater

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  • redleg6 stated,  "I think GTO would like to censor my speech."

    Really red?  Just more nonsense.  Feel free to post whatever you like. I really don't care how ignorant you make yourself look.  

  • From article "KSU wrestler suspended over tweet"...wkbn.com 2/11/14...

    ...Even experts on the law have some differing views on this case. Attorney and Professor Emeritus Tim Smith said student athletes contract away their free speech rights when they sign on with the university, so those rights were not violated.

    “He still has the right of free speech. But he doesn’t have the right to be on the wrestling team. That’s a privilege afforded by the wrestling team. And the university can withdraw it if it finds that his speech violates his agreement,” Smith said.

    But another attorney and professor disagreed.

    “Historically courts have said government agencies, including a public university, cannot condition the receipt of benefits on an agreement to waive fundamental Constitutional rights,” said Mark Goodman.

    Goodman said the Supreme Court has said there’s nowhere that free speech is more important than on a college campus.

    That leaves many on campus wondering what’s next for Sam Wheeler.

  • @GTO....Redleg6 you sure do to post allot of political nonsense....I think GTO would like to censor my speech.

    The KSU Student was suspended because of politics and political correctness.

    I think the student should get a good civil rights attorney and take KSU to court.

  • "How can KSU's rules trump the U.S. Constitution?"
    Redleg6 you sure do to post allot of political nonsense.    

    Trawl is absolutely correct in stating," He is just being held accountable for his posting that violated a contract he agreed to."  I applaud any organization that enforces the rules they have. Nowadays too many people think they can do whatever and there will be no consequences.  I applaud KSU for taking action.

  • ~~redleg6 wrote: "How can KSU's rules trump the U.S. Constitution?"

    What part of the Constitution was violated?
    No one inhibited his posting to twitter in any way.
    He is just being held accountable for his posting that violated a contract he agreed to.
    You DO believe in being held accountable for your actions ... don't you?


    redleg6 wrote: "Can One talk about queer and perverted behavior and be politically correct?"

    It has been my experience and observation that those who complain the loudest about "political correctness" and their having to be "politically correct" are the very same  people who are protected by "political correctness" the most.

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  • mod_irate wrote:
    @Mr. Cox, you have mixed several issues here. This was not censorship.... As I understand it, he broke the rules of athletic team membership."

    Thank you.

    The University needs to be inclusive or at least not allow a hostile atmosphere created. Once a person accepts a position on a University Team that person becomes a representative of the University and subject to University guidelines. Lack of action from the University would in effect be agreeing with this persons comments and giving consent to further such comments.

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  • How can KSU's rules trump the U.S. Constitution? Can One talk about queer and perverted behavior and be politically correct?

  • @Mr. Cox, you have mixed several issues here. This was not censorship; what he wrote was not altered. This is an issue of hate speech and standards of representation. Freedom of speech is abridged when it comes to hate speech and it is limited to standards required to represent the university in competitive events. As I understand it, he broke the rules of athletic team membership.