Modesto JC gets a hard lesson on the 1st Amendment

A California college just found out the hard way that the 1st Amendment protects free speech.

You would have thought they would embrace it — not suppress it.

But last year, police at Modesto Junior College in Modesto, Calif., ordered a student not to pass out copies of the Constitution. Millions were outraged. The student sued.

On Monday, the school agreed to a $50,000 settlement and vowed to revise its policies to encourage free speech on campus, a decision officials reached as a result of the student’s First Amendment lawsuit.

Robert Van Tuinen, 26, applauded the decision, telling that the college was enforcing an “unconstitutional speech code.” He said he is happy that his fellow students can all now “go out and exercise their right to free speech.”

Last September, Van Tuinen video recorded his encounter with an unidentified campus officer who confronted him minutes after he started handing out copies of the U.S. Constitution on National Constitution Day.


Modesto Junior College is about 5 miles up the road from me and they like to think of themselves as Berkeley-In-The-Valley – all kinds of fucking left wing hippie instructors there, probably UC Berkeley alumni that weren’t smart enough to get jobs at a real school.
This is a real kick in the ass for them, like every other minor school they’re constantly scrambling for funding.
I hope they learned their fucking lesson.

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11 Responses to Modesto JC gets a hard lesson on the 1st Amendment

  1. SemperFi, 0321 says:

    The chances of them learning a lesson are slim, most liberals think of themselves as coming from some lofty place high above the dumb masses. This is just a setback that will be forgotten next week, while they figure out another way around the Constitution.
    Communists are slick quick thinkers, from my experience, a great majority of them seem to be sci-fi fanatics, and are always lost in space somewhere, not very well grounded to reality and truth. It’s usually their own undoing.

  2. Dan says:

    They’re liberals…..they can’t learn. I have no doubt they will just try another approach at shutting down speech they don’t agree with.

  3. P says:

    Oh the irony!

    It doesn’t matter whether it’s America or England, or anywhere else, but who on earth thinks that handing out unedited copies of legal documents is an activity that is “undesirable”?

    I first became aware of the US constitution during a massive drinking session with angry/righteous American and English folks in Frankfurt airport , a few days after September 11th 2001. (International nightmare, transit flights, small print, delays of “no longer than 18 hours”. etc…) An American fellow also in the same boat handed me a printed copy of the constitution from his pocket. It’s a good read and not something to be discouraged!

    As you rightly point out, Lesson: do not ever underestimate the moronity that is possible from certain institutions.

    Best to you,


  4. Fudge says:

    Liberals are stupid. They can’t learn.

  5. JimB says:

    Only $50,000 ? Too bad it wasn’t enough to shut that fuck hole down through bankruptcy!!
    Liberal assed fuckstain hippy’s.

  6. Phssthpok says:

    Yet again, we fail to see any mention of federal charges being laid against the perpetrators:

  7. Heltau says:

    only 50,00 for that, should have been at least half a million.

  8. The plaintiff should parlay the money into doing the same thing at the White House.


    $50,000! He should have sued for enough to bankrupt that CC. Fight back against all encroachments on the Bill of Rights.

  10. Dan says:

    Suing to BK the college, to make a lot of money, to “teach those bastards a lesson”….a waste of
    time. ALL costs related to such activity is born by the taxpayer. Just as in civil judgements related to badgemonkey misconduct the abuser suffers no consequences for their criminality, the taxpayer is the one left holding the bill. And the court and legislature have absolutely NO intention of EVER
    changing things so their minions will have to worry about being held to account for misconduct.

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