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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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Gunman In Highland Park Shooting Was ‘Dressed In Women’s Clothing’

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The suspected gunman who opened fire at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, on Monday was wearing women’s clothing as a disguise, police announced Tuesday.

The attack killed six people and injured dozens more, according to Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek. The suspect, 22-year-old Robert E. Crimo III, was apprehended by police later that day near Lake Forest, Illinois.

“During the attack, Crimo was dressed in women’s clothing,” said Sgt. Christopher Covelli, of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force, FOX 10 reported. “Investigators do believe he did this to conceal his facial tattoos and his identity and help him during the escape with the other people who were fleeing the chaos.”

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“After the shooting, Crimo blended in with the crowd and walked to his mother’s home in the area where he borrowed her vehicle, Covelli said. A member of the community spotted Crimo driving and called 911,” FOX 10 reported. “Crimo was pulled over and arrested during a traffic stop about five miles north of the shooting.”

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Democrats Introduce ‘Transgender Bill Of Rights’

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On Tuesday, House Democrats introduced a “Transgender Bill of Rights” to “protect and codify the rights of transgender and nonbinary people under the law and ensure their access to medical care, shelter, safety, and economic security.”

Led by Democrat Reps. Pramila Jayapal (WA), David Cicilline (RI), Marie Newman (IL), Mark Takano (CA), and Ritchie Torres (NY), HR 1209 proposes “amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including gender identity and sex characteristics in public accommodations and federally funded programs and activities.”

“As we witness Republicans and an extremist Supreme Court attack and roll back the fundamental rights of trans people across our country, and as state legislatures across the country target our trans community with hateful, bigoted, and transphobic attacks, we are standing up and saying enough is enough,” said Jayapal, the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and co-chair of the Transgender Equality Task Force.

“Our Trans Bill of Rights says clearly to the trans community across the country that we see you and we will stand with you to ensure you are protected and given the dignity and respect that every person should have,” Jayapal added.

The bill seeks to increase the ability of children to get permanent and life changing surgeries by “eliminating unnecessary governmental restrictions on the provision of, and access to, gender-affirming medical care and counseling for transgender and nonbinary adults, adolescents, and children.”

The bill will additionally ensure that biological male students are allowed to compete in girls’ sports by amending federal “education laws to ensure that they protect students from discrimination based on sex, including gender identity and sex characteristics, and guarantee students’ right to participate in sports on teams that best align with their gender identity.”

Federal education laws will also be amended to allow students to :use school facilities that best align with their gender identity,” meaning that biological males would be allowed to use girls’ restrooms and locker rooms.

The bill expands beyond “transgender rights” to also ban states from making laws restricting abortion by “codifying the right to abortion.”

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