Caught on Video: CT Student Is Suspended From College For Questioning Gov Malloy at Gun Conference

April 5 2014
by GSL Staff
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Here is the description from the Youtube video,

On October 23, 2013, Asnuntuck Community College (ACC) student Nicholas Saucier had a videotaped conversation about recent gun legislation with Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, who was visiting campus as part of an ongoing conference. At the end of the conversation, during which he called Malloy a “snake” as Malloy left in his vehicle, Saucier was confronted by the college’s president and a campus security officer, who escorted him off campus.

The college charged Saucier with harassment and making threats, among other violations of its conduct policies. When Saucier challenged the charges at an official hearing, the college refused to review the video evidence of the incident provided by Saucier, which demonstrated that his expression was protected by the First Amendment. Saucier was found guilty of all charges and placed on probation.

On January 13, 2014, FIRE wrote a letter calling on ACC to reverse its decision and uphold students’ free speech and due process rights. The college has failed to respond.

According the college’s website, they don’t discriminate based on political beliefs,

Asnuntuck Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or criminal record. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Cheryl Cyr, Title IX Coordinator, ccyr@asnuntuck.edu (860) 253-3045 and Maki McHenry, Section 504/ADA Coordinator, mmchenry@asnuntuck.edu (860) 253-3021, Asnuntuck Community College, 170 Elm Street, Enfield, CT 06082.

The video was uploaded just this month by TheFire.org, an organization that protects student’s rights.

The mission of FIRE is to defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience—the essential qualities of individual liberty and dignity.

FIRE’s core mission is to protect the unprotected and to educate the public and communities of concerned Americans about the threats to these rights on our campuses and about the means to preserve them.

It looks like the college has taken down their Facebook page since the incident occurred.

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