Nicholas Saucier, a veteran student at Asnuntuck Community College in Connecticut, was suspended after questioning Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy about the state's new gun control law at a public forum, the Daily Caller reported Wednesday. The student was also officially charged with engaging in harassment and showing disrespect for Malloy.
According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Saucier, a veteran of the U.S. Army, called Malloy a “snake” as the governor left in his vehicle.
He was then confronted by the college’s president and a campus security officer, who escorted him off campus, FIRE added.
The incident, which took place last October, was captured on video, but, FIRE said, Saucier was not allowed to show the video at his hearing, effectively depriving him of a fair hearing and stripping him of his right to self defense.
"Saucier was found guilty of all charges and placed on probation. On January 13, 2014, FIRE wrote a letter calling on ACC to reverse its decision and uphold students’ free speech and due process rights. The college has failed to respond," FIRE said.
Robby Soave said the college tried to pressure Saucier into pleading guilty and submitting himself to "counseling," but the student refused.
Saucier's suspension was ultimately lifted, Soave said, but, he added, administrators said he will be expelled if he causes any more trouble.
FIRE, however, has accused the school of running a sham trial and interfering with Saucier's Constitutional rights.
“ACC’s myriad violations of Nicholas Saucier’s rights, effective rewriting of its conduct procedures, and failure to rectify its errors should give all Americans great concern,” said Peter Bonilla, director of FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program.
Video of the incident taken by Saucier can be seen above. According to FIRE, this is the video the school refused to let the Army veteran use in his own defense.
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