North Carolina College Forbids Student to Walk at Graduation Due to ‘Negative’ Facebook Post
Saint Augustine’s College (SAC) has refused to allow a student to participate in its graduation ceremonies due to a comment he posted on Facebook about how the college was handling its recovery from tornado damage. Despite SAC's extensive promises of freedom of expression for students, SAC disciplined student Roman Caple because of what it called a “negative social media exchange.” Caple, who is represented by attorney Brandon S. Atwater, has also come to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help.
FIRE Senior Vice President Robert Shibley said, "Despite promising free speech, Saint Augustine's College has apparently rolled out a brand new, unwritten 'don't challenge our decisions on Facebook' rule that warrants keeping a student out of the graduation ceremonies. It's hard to think of a pettier way to punish a loyal student for doing nothing but publicly disagreeing with administrators."
Write to SAC President Dianne Boardley Suber and tell her to correct this affront to free speech today!