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Victory for Free Speech at Michigan College that Muzzled T-Rex-clad Student’s Speech

TPUSA Students represented by the ADF Center for Academic Freedom won a victory for over 48,000 students today. In April, Macomb Community College (MCC) police approached three members of the Turning Point USA chapter at the college who were on a large open area of the Clinton Township campus to raise awareness about the value fossil fuels provide to society. Police told the students, one of whom was wearing a T-Rex costume, that they could not talk to other students, offer educational literature, or collect signatures in support of the issue because they had not obtained pre-approval from an administrator on a different campus, and that they could be deemed to be trespassing if they did not cease their activities.

This speech policy blatantly violated the First Amendment, so the students contacted the ADF Center for Academic Freedom for help. The Center for Academic freedom filed a federal lawsuit and in response, MCC has now agreed to open all publicly accessible areas of campus for expressive activity—no permit (other than the First Amendment) required.

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