Just a week ago, Orange Coast College suspended a conservative student who recorded his professor calling Trump’s election “an act of terrorism.” But after 19-year-old Caleb O’Neil filed an appeal and threatened to sue, the board of trustees announced it would cancel that punishment.
The university had originally planned to suspend O’Neil until at least the fall of 2017, also putting him on disciplinary probation and requiring him to write a letter of apology to Olga Perez-Stable Cox, the professor he recorded. But after convening a special meeting, the board of trustees voted Wednesday to lift O’Neil’s punishment, also saying they would not take action against Cox.
Bill Becker, O’Neil’s attorney and the president and general counsel for Freedom X, was out of the country Thursday, but said in a statement he said the student’s record would also be free of blemish.
“Notwithstanding our relief that Caleb will no longer have a suspension on his academic record, the college’s miscalculation leaves a blemish on its reputation,” Becker said.