Video: Arkansas Tech students told ‘free speech zones’ trump Constitution

free speech zoneSo much for the First Amendment right to free speech, especially on a number of college campuses across the country.  In a video posted to YouTube by the Young Americans for Liberty on Tuesday, students are told that so-called “free speech zones” trump the Constitution, at least on the campus of Arkansas Tech University.

The Daily Caller’s Annabel Scott reported:

Earlier this week, Arkansas Tech students Skyler Bowden and Jason Hammons were confronted by campus police while encouraging fellow students to sign a ‘Free Speech Ball’ promoting Young Americans for Liberty’s Fight for Free Speech campaign.

An officer asked the students: “Do we have permission from student services to be here?”

“Yes sir we do,” Hammons said.  “Well not through them. It’s actually through the Constitution. It’s the First Amendment.”

But that didn’t sit too well with the officer who informed the students that they had to move to a designated “free speech zone” on the other side of campus.

“So do the free speech zones actually trump the Constitution?” Hammons asked.

“On campus, that’s the way it works,” the officer said.

Here’s video of the encounter:

“American universities have historically served as a beacon of intellectual thought and open discussion. This type of incident is exactly why YAL launched the national Fight for Free Speech campaign to combat unconstitutional speech codes and aim to abolish ‘free speech zones,’” YAL Executive Director, Cliff Maloney Jr., told the DC in a statement. “The First Amendment guarantees all Americans the right to voice their opinion and educate others on the principles they believe in. We’ll continue to work around the clock to protect the right to spread our message of liberty.”


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