Free Speech Zone

America’s colleges should be bastions of free speech, places where ideas can be freely expressed, exchanged and debated. On too many college campuses, this expectation is thwarted, with free speech often restricted by arbitrary administrative regulations.

One local example is the case of Pierce College student Kevin Shaw, who dared to distribute copies of the U.S. Constitution on campus. On Nov. 2, 2016, Shaw and other student members of Young Americans for Liberty were approached by a school representative who told Shaw that he was in violation of the college’s “free speech” policy and wasn’t allowed to continue distributing the U.S. Constitution outside of the designated “free speech “area on campus.

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