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Student Banned from Campus after Protesting College’s Deal with Debit Card Company on Facebook


A North Carolina college student was pulled out of his classroom last week and banned from campus after he complained on Facebook about his school’s aggressive marketing of a debit card company to its students. Officials at Catawba Valley Community College punished him for a satirical Facebook post deemed “contrary to the best interest of the CVCC community” .  “Catawba Valley Community College violated the First Amendment by responding to obviously hyperbolic criticism with swift and severe punishment,” FIRE President Greg Lukianoff said.  Read more at TheFire.org 

Update:  Bechtol learned on Friday morning that all charges against him have been dropped and he is free to step foot on campus. Bechtol is still required to notify the college before using computers on campus, however, and CVCC has failed to revise the unconstitutional policy it used to punish him.  HuffingtonPost.com

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Student Banned from Campus after Protesting College’s Deal with Debit Card Company on Facebook

  1. This feels like de ja vu, didn’t something like this happen before?

    Posted by Jeremy D. Adams | October 12, 2011, 4:59 pm

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