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Texas A&M ‘Students for Trump’ president called into conduct meeting for placing Trump signs on public property

Students for Trump at Texas A&M received a letter requesting a meeting after he and other club members placed Trump signs on “public property”

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Colleges and universities across the country have long hailed themselves as sanctuaries for free speech and expression. 

But, in recent times, these liberties are mainly available to students with certain beliefs; some students – specifically conservatives – are experiencing increased censorship at the hands of university officials. 

And it’s happening at Texas A&M University. 

The president of Students for Trump at Texas A&M received a letter from the Student Conduct Office requesting a meeting after he and other club members placed Trump signs on “public property,” according to Campus Reform.

If he does not attend the meeting, he could face student conduct charges. 

On November 2, Okeke and four other Students for Trump members placed “Trump 2020 Keep America Great” signs around campus until officers with the University Police Department approached them and told them to remove the signs “due to ground damage.” 

But after speaking with their supervisor, the officers gave the students “full permission to continue placing signs.” 

“This is when a university police officer took down my number in order to later provide me with all the rules of placing signs on campus,” Okeke said. “One month later, the Texas A&M administration decided to email me regarding ‘placing signs on public property,’” he continued. 

The letter came from Student Code of Conduct Office Assistant Coordinator Jessica Welsch after information was “forwarded” to her office about “placing signs on public property on or about November 2, 2020.” 

“In response to this information, I would like to meet with you to discuss the circumstances surrounding this incident, your perspective, and how you can be successful as a student at Texas A&M University,” the letter read. 

Okeke is “required” to respond to the office by phone before January 22, 2021 to schedule the meeting, or an “administrative hold [may be] placed on [his registration].” 

And, if he does not attend the meeting, there is a “possibility of Student Conduct Code charges being brought against [him].” 

Dean of Student Life at the university Anne Reber told Campus Reform that the meeting would give Okeke a chance to “share his perspective.” 

“Generally speaking, there are times when University officials will reach out to students in order to engage in educational conversations that are not punitive in nature,” she said. “These conversations are designed to give students the opportunity to share their perspective on a reported incident, as well as assist them in understanding their rights and their responsibilities in order to best meet their goals.” 

“When these meetings are scheduled, it is common to use a template form letter, which in this case, may have been the incorrect form letter to use,” she added. “I have my staff following up on that issue.” 

Okeke said that the letter doesn’t sound like an opportunity to share his perspective. “[The letter] doesn’t sound like reasonable and rational people that simply wish to ‘talk,’” he said. “I believe this email was sent in order to intimidate and discourage any student who wished to express their right-leaning political ideology through the use of signage on campus,” he added. “It was clear, given the nature of the email, Texas A&M was not looking to sit and have a civil conversation about the matter but rather to ensure I was to never place any signs again.” 

While the university has since contacted Okeke explaining that they wanted to simply talk about the incident, the Trump signs have been removed while signs – including Black Lives Matter and gay pride – still remain on display. 

In a time of increased political polarization, it is critical that universities allow – and encourage – the free flow of all ideas, and give students the opportunity to form their own beliefs.

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  1. Gregory Wilson

    December 7, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    Unbelievable! But I know it’s true. Please keep posting issues like this. We need to know and fight back!

  2. Sally

    December 7, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    What should US citizens be doing to have our voices heard?

  3. Shaun

    December 7, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Contact FIRE they specialize in free speech issues for students and universities much provide equal protection and free speech in a uniform protected manner.

  4. Dave Walter

    December 7, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    More commies at our colleges ….suppressing anything not sponsored by the radical left. This must be stopped.

  5. Paul

    December 7, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    it’s simple show up to the meeting with your civil rights attorney and sue the shit out of them i bet they will change their minds. don’t let them get away with it

  6. Bonnie Warnell

    December 7, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    Having GRADUATED A&M in 1995 I am ashamed of my alma mater for in any way discouraging a conservative student while allowing the expression of BLM andvGay Pride!!!! BLM and Gay Pride should not be silenced but neither should the conservative voice! Shame on A&M!!!!!

  7. Julie Fedel

    December 7, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    Unbelievable, this our current president! As Americans, it is now “inappropriate” to support our current President of the United States. I will be contacting the administration. I am an Aggie and my entire family went to Texas A&M. This is an absolute disgrace.

  8. Peter Roberge

    December 7, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    They don’t allow Biden signs either. Right?

  9. Debra

    December 7, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    He should show up to this meeting with his ATTORNEY. These universities are brainwashing and manipulating these young people. If it is public property the school has NO right to implement any discipline but of course they will encourage bullying and harassment if these 4 students. Its disgusting what our educational systems have become, a race batting, hypocritical, çommunist union.

  10. Killer Marmot

    December 7, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    Lawyer up. Without a lawyer, you’re a naive student subject to the tender mercies of cold-blooded administrators who don’t like you or your politics. With a lawyer, you’re a naive student with a rottweiler.

  11. Christa Gates

    December 8, 2020 at 11:55 am

    We just want to talk with you and instruct you on freedom of speech. Sounds like a Professor Umbrage move.

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Chicago 911 Dispatcher says ‘All Hell Has Broken Loose’ Crime is ‘Nonstop’

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The liberal run city of Chicago is in a downward spiral suffocated by crime. Few understand what is happening better than 911 dispatchers who have the impossible task of listening to people suffer through crimes, yet unable to help them due to liberal policies creating a violent crime epidemic and police shortage.

Keith Thornton posted a video to Facebook last week saying Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is “a disgrace.” Thornton took it upon himself to warn citizens about which Chicago police district is unavailable due to the staffing shortages.

In an interview with Fox & Friends Thornton said that “all hell has broken loose” in Chicago while local officials have failed to act. “It’s been shenanigans, and it’s just nonstop, day after day. It doesn’t matter if it’s morning time, evening time, whatever –at all hours of the day, there is a massive amount of crime taking place within the city of Chicago.”

“When I’m getting text messages from officers telling me that they’re scared and afraid for their safety because they’re working by themselves, and then the beat next to them would normally back them up, they’re not even there because the cars are down. That’s a problem. It’s a safety concern” Thornton said in an interview with Chicago’s WLS-TV.

Chicago Police Department data shows homicides, shootings, thefts and criminal sexual assaults are all up drastically compared to last year. Lightfoot has not only been a proponent of defunding the police, she also behaved viciously towards law enforcement.

After Chicago Police Officer Ella French was killed during a routine traffic stop, Lightfoot blamed “guns and the violence they bring” for her death. When Lightfoot visited French’s partner who was wounded and fighting for his life at the time at the hospital, dozens of officers at the hospital turned their back on the mayor.

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It’s Raining Lawsuits on Jussie Smollett; City of Chicago and Nigerian Brothers Suing Actor

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The City of Chicago has confirmed it will be suing disgraced actor Jussie Smollett. The lawsuit will seek the $130,106.15 “to cover an overtime tab racked up by dozens of officers tasked with investigating Smollett’s claims that he was the victim of an attack”, reports Daily Mail UK.

According to the legal filing, the Chicago Department came to the conclusion to pursue the lawsuit after over two dozen cops spent weeks investigating the fake attack and logged 1,836 hours of overtime as a result.

Daily Mail also noted the Osundairo brothers who were hired by Smollett to stage his attack, plan to continue with their own lawsuit against Smollett’s legal team. According to the Daily Mail, “they’re seeking undisclosed damages after claiming their careers and reputations were damaged in the high-profile hoax.”

After the initial set of charges were dropped against the brothers, Abel and Ola Osundairo, they sued Smollett’s attorneys in April 2019, claiming their careers and reputations were damaged. “They claimed in the defamation lawsuit against lawyers Mark Geragos and Tina Glandian that they were maliciously portrayed as liars in the public” reports Daily Mail.

The lawsuit specifically references how Smollett’s attorneys suggested the brothers ‘might have been wearing white face’ when they attacked him and inferred that Abel had a sexual relationship with Smollett. Abel’s home country of Nigeria prohibits homosexuality. ‘Same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Nigeria, which can result in 14 years of imprisonment…if the accused is married the punishment is death by stoning.’

Therefore, Ms. Glandian’s statements about the brother being a homosexual ‘endangers him and the lives of his Nigerian family’ the lawsuit stated. The brothers’ lawsuit was stayed by a federal judge until the criminal proceedings for Smollett are completed. The brothers’ legal team is expected to file an update to the court by February 2.

Smollett, 39, was just convicted on five counts of disorderly conduct for faking his own attack and now faces jail time. “His sentencing date has not yet been set but he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.”

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