"A Michigan college is being sued for threatening conservative students with trespassing charges when they tried to engage classmates about fossil fuels using a T-Rex costume.
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) against Macomb Community College (MCC) in Michigan, challenges a school policy requiring students to obtain advance permission from administrators in order to engage in “expressive activity” anywhere on campus, which ADF maintains is an unconstitutional infringement of students’ First Amendment rights.
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Even with permission, though, ADF claims in a press release that students are still restricted to a “speech zone” encompassing just 0.001 percent of the 230-acre campus.
...According to the lawsuit, the TPUSA members had gathered in a large, open area of campus to discuss their support for fossil fuels, and “did not block access to buildings or pedestrian traffic” or otherwise “interfere with any MCC activities or other planned events.”
Campus police officers nonetheless informed the students that they could not even speak to classmates without prior approval from an administrator...”