While tabling, a Turning Point USA (TPUSA) activist was forcibly removed by campus police for refusing to table in a “free-speech zone” at a public institution.
“We have free speech zones,” argued Lauren Adamo, Director of Student Life at Miami Dade College – Kendall Campus who attempted to remove the TPUSA activist, Driena Sixto.
“In a public university you can table; you can be in any area that’s considered public,” Sixto replied citing her first amendment right. “This is a public sidewalk.”
Adamo, taken aback, alerted the campus police and waited for them to arrive while Sixto continued to recruit students.
“We believe in free speech,” said Sixto who continued to sign up students. “We’re against ridiculous free speech zones on public universities, which they are actually trying to enforce here.”
When the police arrived, Sixto informed the officers she was in a public area exercising her 1st amendment right to free speech. However, the police double-downed claiming she was on private property and must abide by campus policies.
Sixto replied, “It doesn’t matter if it’s an administration rule, the school can actually get in trouble for having free speech zones or for removing people from a public area just because they’re not a registered student organization.”
But the officers once again dismissed the free market activist.
“Everyone has rules,” said one officer. “Right now you’re gonna have to leave.”
“We’re not telling you that you can’t do this, but there are procedures,” the other officer added. The officers then remained next to Sixto until she was forced to comply by leaving the public area.
“It’s extremely disappointing to learn that Miami Dade College Kendall Campus, an institution that claims to be inclusive of all students and a promoter of different ideas, would unabashedly discriminate against students with a conservative message,” Sixto told Campus Reform. “They should know also, that as a public university, everyone in the community has a right to the public facilities offered on campus, including a public sidewalk, even if it’s to express ideas not in line with those of a university administrator.
Before Turning Point USA was removed from campus, numerous students were positively responding to advantages of fossil fuels.
(H/T: Campus Reform)