Friday, October 02, 2009

Pittsburgh community college students no longer have to ask permission to pass out leaflets

Pa. college reverses policy after free-speech flap
Oct. 2, 2009

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pittsburgh-area community college caught up in a free-speech dispute says it will no longer require students to get approval to pass out leaflets.

The Community College of Allegheny County had argued that 24-year-old Christine Brashier (BRAH'-sheer) didn't follow the rules when she passed out leaflets in May while trying to form a group advocating the right to carry concealed firearms on campus.

Brashier says the policy violated her free speech rights, and she was backed by groups including the American Civil Liberties Union.

The school says its rule was to prevent students from harmful solicitation, but officials now acknowledge it was vague.


Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

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