Purdue student says he faces possible expulsion for criticism of Black Lives Matter on Facebook

PerdueOn Wednesday, the Washington Times reported that Joshua Nash, a conservative student at Purdue University Northwest, said he faces possible expulsion for a Facebook post critical of Black Lives Matter.

Nash, the Times said, received a summons to meet with university administrators after he made the post.

“I had a comment on Facebook where I stated ‘Black Lives Matter is trash because they do not really care about black lives,’ ” he told the College Fix. ”‘They simply care about making money and disrupting events for dead people.’“

Nash, the College Fix added, tweeted a picture of the summons:


According to the College Fix:

Nash, a 21-year-old biological sciences major at the public university, told The College Fix he is still trying to understand how his personal opinions on a social media platform, not under the purview of Purdue University Northwest, could be cause for administrative review by campus superiors.

“I am mostly in shock right now because I never would have thought my rights would be violated in such a disproportionately cruel and unjustified way,” he told The College Fix.

Pettee, according to the university’s website, “serves as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator and an investigator for complaints of harassment or discrimination.”

Nash also said he asked the college for more details during a phone call, and was reportedly told his comments on social media could result in his expulsion.

Additionally, he claimed the official he spoke to said the “#DangerousFaggot” — a reference to gay conservative Milo Yiannopoulos — in his Twitter bio is “homophobic.”

“Those were their words,” he said.

The meeting has been scheduled for August, and Nash says he plans to attend with an attorney.

“[I’m] saddened that a public university would threaten a student with expulsion, something that could ruin their life, because they dared express their opinions on a private social media network,” he said.

The school responded to the College Fix after the initial report:

“Purdue Northwest has never suggested, let alone threatened, the idea of disciplining the student in question for exercising his right to freedom of expression.  When, as here, an administrative meeting is called with a student on our Calumet campus, the purpose is to explore possible ways to support or establish a dialogue with that student, not to discipline him or her.  The idea is to see if there might be a teachable moment opportunity for the student, not to treat it as a conduct matter.  Protecting free speech is of central importance to our university, a commitment recognized by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education when it conferred on Purdue Northwest its highest “green light” rating for its speech policies. Nothing involved in our administrative meeting process represents an abridgement of that stance.”


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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