An attorney believes a student-initiated free-speech effort got
the point across to administrators at their Texas college.
Sam Houston State University students initiated the free-speech
wall to protest the school's policy that demands access to the
students' private social media sites. But as Robert Shibley of the
Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) tells OneNewsNow, one
professor took a box cutter to the wall to censor a poster that
contained an anti-Obama comment.
"The wall was put up in response to a policy at Sam Houston
[that] was actually going to require all student groups to turn
over their social media accounts to the university so that they
could edit or delete comments that the groups made," Shibley
details. "And the students were understandably very upset about
Students called the police to protest the teacher's censorship.
And when police sided with the professor, the students took down
the posters rather than display comments that required "government
"Ironically, the free-speech wall -- by being censored --
did the work of alerting Sam Houston State students to the
importance of free speech on campus," the attorney concludes.
Following the noticeable protest between students and the
school, administrators decided to revoke their policy regarding the
intrusion into student social media sites.