Student sues college that trampled the Constitution on Constitution Day

Van Tuinen believes his right to distribute political pamphlets is enshrined in the very political pamphlet he was trying to distribute: the Constitution.

The California community college student who was prevented from passing out copies of the Constitution — on Constitution Day, of all days — is now fighting back in court.

Robert Van Tuinen is suing Modesto Junior College over the September 17th incident during which a campus security officer hauled Tuinen before a college administrator who told him that he could not distribute leaflets on campus without a permit. Modesto has a designated “free speech zone” where students may pass out papers, but the tiny square of concrete was booked that day.


“[MJC administrators] really don’t see that what they are doing is preventing the free speech of students,” Van Tuinen told The Daily Caller.

MJC President Jill Stearns sent Robert Van Tuinen a letter apologizing for how he was treated. Still, the college did not change its policies, and instead criticized the media for blowing the incident out of proportion — leaving Van Tuinen little choice but to sue.


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