Prof fined $17K, required to study 1st Amendment after leading students in defacing pro-life messages

Prof fined $17K, required to study 1st Amendment after leading students in defacing pro-life messages
Gregory Thatcher (Image: Fresno State University)

[Ed. – Nah, there’s no liberal bias on college campuses.]

A Fresno State University professor has agreed to pay $17,000 and attend First Amendment training to settle a lawsuit filed after he led students in defacing pro-life chalk messages.

As previously reported by Campus Reform, the school’s Students for Life chapter had secured administrative approval to write the chalk messages, but were confronted as they did so by public health professor Gregory Thatcher, who insisted that freedom of speech entitled him to remove the messages and actively encouraged several of his students to do so.

When the pro-life student, Bernadette Tasy, informed him that she had permission from the school to write the messages, Thatcher erroneously declared that she was not within a designated free speech zone.

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“The whole idea of free speech is that we have a free speech area on campus, kay?” he stated. “This does not constitute a free speech area, okay?”

Thatcher also incorrectly claimed that “college campuses are not free speech areas,” adding, “Do you understand? Obviously you don’t understand.”

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