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California college forbids passing out Constitution on Constitution Day

By Modesto Bee (CA)

Free Speech area at Modesto Junior College

MODESTO -- Modesto Junior College security stopped a student from passing out copies of the U.S. Constitution in front of the student center on Tuesday, Constitution Day.

Robert Van Tuinen captured his furious, but civil, confrontation with the officer and campus administration on video and posted it on YouTube today.

National attention garnered by the video prompted the Yosemite Community College District to issue a statement saying it was looking into the matter.

District policy allows students to distribute materials in the free speech areas "as long as they don't disrupt the orderly operation of the college," Public Affairs Director Nick Stavrianoudakis said by e-mail.

"In the case of the YouTube video, it did not appear that the student was disrupting the orderly operation of the college," the statement says.

In the video, Van Tuinen argues his right to free speech is being violated. The officer says Van Tuinen is too upset, shaking and being argumentative.

Van Tuinen next argues with an administrator in the Student Development and Campus Life office, where he is told that he may not pass out any papers, even in the free speech area, without prior authorization and is told he will need to make an appointment to get that permission with the campus vice president of student services.

"The administration of the YCCD supports the peaceful distribution of the Constitution and other materials on campus, which is why our colleges support Constitution Day with activities each year," Stavrianoudakis said.

Bee education reporter Nan Austin.

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  1. cxComment by genesal
    September 20, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

    This is a college? ‘Apparently it is Constitution Day’ ……
    they didn’t even know it was ‘Constitution Day’, what do they teach? and no wonder so many graduates can’t qualify for anything but ‘government jobs’.

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    • MichaellabordeComment by Michaellaborde
      September 20, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

      They teach communism.

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    • calizuz1Comment by calizuz1
      September 21, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

      Does this surprise me? No! California may be a beautiful state but living in it is no cakewalk. I to take a mandatory GE history class at Cal Poly SLO some years ago. The teacher i had was a true Communist. He came complete with his own manifesto. Lucky for me I was not swayed by his rhetoric. We can’t wait to leave this state in a few years. By then the tax base will be gone gone. Who’s gonna pay for all the freebies then. Probably the fruits, nuts and illegals. Believe me it is getting worse and worse here. Governor Moonbeam who initially ruined the state before is at it again. LOL

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  2. briankComment by briank
    September 20, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

    Well, this is ok. BUT, they should immediately have all of their constitutional rights taken away.

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  3. theronaldComment by theronald
    September 20, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    Well, what else can we expect? It’s California.

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    • pwpmmpComment by pwpmmp
      September 20, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

      I think it’s more that just California. Unless it’s a private school, this is what you are going to get. KU, just this week, had a professor tweet about Monday’s Navy Yard shootings, “blood is on the hands,” (of the NRA.) “Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters.” “Shame on you. May God d*** you.” Lovely, just the kind of mental midget I want teaching my kids. NOT.

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  4. btty13Comment by btty13
    September 20, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

    If this had been my student I would have sued that schools butt off. The constitution is law and that student had every right to pass out his pamphlets. That officer should be fired and his punishment should be that he have to read the constitution front to back. Maybe he would learn something but I doubt it. The school should face a fine as any other school that tries to stop free speech. Why is it that these liberal/progressive/commies etc. get to have their pamphlets handed out but anything to do with our constitution is forbidden? This country is so far off mark. We need to get control of our schools and dump these unions so our kids can move forward and be our future leaders. I’m so proud of that young man for standing up for his rights.

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    • theronaldComment by theronald
      September 20, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

      I agree with you completely. Unfortunalely, it’s not just in California that have policies as stupid as at this one.

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    • sickupandfedComment by sickupandfed
      September 20, 2013 @ 6:36 pm

      Reading the constitution front to back would not be much punishment. It’s only 4 pages plus one page for the bill of rights. There are probably more words printed on a medicine bottle than in our Constitution.

      Real punishment however would be to have to read the Affordable Health Care Act (ObamaCare) and all it’s new amendments which is now over 10,000 pages.

      But everyone is right in their assessment. We are so far off our skids I don’t know if this ship will ever be righted.

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  5. betsybComment by betsyb
    September 20, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    I don’t recommend college anymore, except in the sciences. On the Glenn Beck show today, students were interviewed on campus, asked why they thought Pres. Obama deserved his Peace award. None could provide a specific answer. One said it was for his good intentions, another was because he was a mellow, nice guy. I wouldn’t trust an average college student today to tie my shoes or be anywhere near my children (like camp counselors).

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    • Eagle525Comment by eagle525
      September 20, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

      Sadly these college dolts can vote … they are indeed, ” the New Breed of American Voter”.

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    • calizuz1Comment by calizuz1
      September 21, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

      Betsyb, that’s where the Dems have it in the bag. Not only are there ‘uber’ liberal professor’s but the Dems know who to prey on for votes. The innocent no-nothing-yet kids….. Maybe the Republican’s should get a hint and hit the campus’ too.

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    • betsybComment by betsyb
      September 21, 2013 @ 10:14 pm

      I was at Penn State main campus in ’81, and a poli-sci friend of mine and I discovered that at this HUGE campus they had a Young Democrats but no Young Republicans. So, we submitted a charter as founders and started one.

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  6. nssdiverComment by nssdiver
    September 20, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

    I would like to see all of the applications from last year for students handing out free speech materials…

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    • 4sqrComment by 4sqr
      September 20, 2013 @ 7:09 pm

      Good point. None of the rules mentioned where likely published so that anyone would even know about them until they get all freaky and controlling. If it were info about a gay beer bash there would probably not be a problem.

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  7. p3driverComment by p3driver
    September 20, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    “The officer says Van Tuinen is too upset, shaking and being argumentative.”

    Ok, fine, good observation. However, this should prevent him from passing out material, why?

    Campus cops. Give ‘em a whistle and a badge and look out — ego on the loose.

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    • dogbreathComment by dogbreath
      September 20, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

      Hey P3
      Maybe that is why Barney Fife was only allowed one cartridge and he had to carry it in his shirt pocket.

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    • taz8233Comment by taz8233
      September 20, 2013 @ 8:38 pm

      This is like being arrested for resisting arrest when you’ve done nothing wrong in the first place. (this took place in Chicago)
      I believe that this student had every right to argue with Barney.

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    • m1a1carbineComment by m1a1carbine
      September 21, 2013 @ 7:38 am

      Unreal, This want to be cop was the one who instantly started the argument. The reason the young man was shaking is called ADRENALINE it’s a very powerful drug that humans have to defend themselves. The want to be cop is a poster child for what not to do in this situation. He was abusive, Over reacting and just plain stupid. The UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION IS THE LAW PERIOD. NO COP,SHERIFF, MILITARY POLICE NOR JUDGE CAN CHANGE THAT FACT.What is done on campus property is sometimes looked at but this was ridiculous. They have no right to stop a student from telling people about the CONSTITUTION, BILL OF RIGHTS OR ANY OTHER LEGAL DOCUMENTS THAT OUR FOR FATHERS INTENDED US TO USE….JUST LIKE THIS ONE.
      His First Amendment was shut down, And I think the ninth. In any case this should be taken to the supreme court because I would file charges against the officer, Administration and college. What was next calling in the national guard on this guy??? NEVER FORGET KENT STATE COLLEGE.

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  8. klystron525Comment by klystron525
    September 20, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

    He should go back out there and continue passing out Constitutions. When “security” tells him he can’t, tell them to go pound sand and force an arrest. At that point he has sustained damages and standing to sue their a$$ off. I’m sure ACLJ (or maybe even ACLU, they are occasionally on the right side) would be delighted to take this on. This school, and all others like it, need to be taught a very expensive lesson. If I were there I would go enroll in their cheapest class to be a legitimate student and entitled to campus access. Anybody in the area needs to do the same thing, force them to shove their “free speech zone” and take back our public spaces.

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  9. bestfriendworstenemyComment by bestfriendworstenemy
    September 20, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

    Apparently it’s Constitution Day?

    If I were this student I would demand a Refund of all tuition’s paid. Obviously the Constitution and Constitution Day are not respected.

    I’m extremely proud to know there are some young people who are not mindless bots.

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  10. pusherhombreComment by pusherhombre
    September 20, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

    Van Tuinen should sue. He is not even passing out religious doctrine. This is a county school, not a private university, and they are bound to the Constitution too. His First Amendment right was violated.

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  11. bigsundayComment by bigsunday
    September 20, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

    I wonder if a class on the constitution would cause security to shut down the class.

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    • theronaldComment by theronald
      September 20, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

      That is very good question, but this college probably does not offer a class on the constitution.

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  12. ara5353Comment by ara5353
    September 20, 2013 @ 2:28 pm

    This being California, I am not surprised that this happened. The only “free speech” allowed there is that of left wing, politically correct, anti America activists. Conservatives and Constitutionalists need not apply.

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    • calizuz1Comment by calizuz1
      September 23, 2013 @ 9:31 am

      Yup, we are faced with this debacle all the time by Liberals in this state. We are constantly reminded by the left that we are loathing Conservatives and, at times, rudely introduced as such. Wonder what would happen if the shoe was on the other foot. Seems that most Conservatives are too well mannered to open their mouths.

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  13. MichaellabordeComment by Michaellaborde
    September 20, 2013 @ 2:48 pm

    COMMIE-FORNIA. The land of enslavement.

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  14. shafawnComment by shafawn
    September 20, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    Liberally ignorant – progressively stupid

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    • calizuz1Comment by calizuz1
      September 21, 2013 @ 9:52 pm

      That’s for sure…..and I live there.

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  15. Eagle525Comment by eagle525
    September 20, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

    “Gestapo tactics” … as employed at all “grade levels” by radicle left wing educators.

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  16. odayterrenceComment by odayterrence
    September 20, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

    Hmmmm…so he is told by an administrator in the Student Development and Campus Life office that he may not pass out any papers, even in the free speech area, without prior authorization and is told he will need to make an appointment to get that permission with the campus vice president of student services. This is the mindset that will doom our country. You know, we fought a Cold War and struggled to end the threat the USSR posed to our Country, Rights, and Freedoms. After all that work to end a Tyranny thousands of miles away…why are we now working so hard to recreate it right at home?

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  17. guidoComment by guido
    September 20, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

    I’ll bet he would have been left alone if he was handing out the Constitution of Mexico on May 5 or the Koran during Ramadan.

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  18. arwenusaComment by arwenusa
    September 20, 2013 @ 5:52 pm

    Guido Or the Communist Manifesto on July 4th.

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  19. betsybComment by betsyb
    September 20, 2013 @ 10:22 pm

    This reminds me of the weekend before the 2012 election, when I had a box of vote-Biblical-values pamphlets comparing Romney and Obama’s stands on social issues. I was half way through putting them on the car windshields at my mega-church, when the guards came out and stopped me. I showed that they were neutral between the candidates, but it didn’t matter…no political materials. Afraid of backlash from their liberal members.

    Question – If he was just silently handing people paper, how is that a disruption on a sidewalk? One person. And the passers-by willingly accept the handout? I’m a minister with years of experience in handing out tracks or free Christian concert invitations, and I’ve studied the laws on this. If you’re not littering, the people take the paper willingly, you’re not selling anything, and you’re not blocking the sidewalk or entrances to stores, you’re free to distribute papers on most public sidewalks. He fit this description, and he wasn’t talking or yelling (like some street preachers). I believe they’re miscategorizing his actions, on purpose of course.

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    • annen999Comment by annen999
      September 21, 2013 @ 12:03 am

      “Free speech area” ??? ummm wouldn’t that be the entire United States ?

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    • cxComment by genesal
      September 21, 2013 @ 2:53 am

      Free speech area not available til the 20th or 27th or Oct? What is that free speech once a week for one person, who makes up this stuff? Free speech should be everyday and at any hour the school is open with as many people as want to exercise their God given rights? I graduated in California in 78 and yes it was liberal *(they even had me thinking somewhat liberal) but they didn’t seem to be communist yet.

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  20. long38Comment by long38
    September 21, 2013 @ 7:34 am

    I think its time to take the Federal, State and local tax money they get away from them. In todays world money is the only thing that they understand. So take it away and make them fend for themselves and see how long they last.

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  21. KBreedlove50Comment by kbreedlove50
    September 21, 2013 @ 8:22 am

    What do you want to bet that if he had been handing out “Vote for Obama” stickers that the cop and school administrators would have helped?

    But, in defense of that administration, you have to admit that the Constitution is subversive and dangerous — to their world view.

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  22. sfoda511Comment by sfoda511
    September 23, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    What if it was happy islam day and they were handing out kill the cursader bumper stickers? The idea of not allowing the distrbution of material isn’t a bad idea. This way no one group or groups can push their beliefs on anyone. It is a place to learn. The young men in the video were just upset because they couldn’t hand out the Constitution…missing the point. Rules are set up for everyone…

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    • calizuz1Comment by calizuz1
      September 23, 2013 @ 9:49 am

      C’mon sfoda….. betsyb is right. Why don’t you go ahead and tell this to the one-sided media which is more than happy to spew off their anti-Conservative rhetoric. Damn right they were upset and rightly so, I live in this COMMUNIST state. I would think that any one believing in the Koran has more rights here than any true blue conservative. RULES ARE SET UP FOR THE SELECT MAJORITY IN THIS STATE If you believe a certain way. Don’t forget I went to college in California and I have taught at the Jr. College level. I know full well their curriculum and how they favor certain people…..

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  23. betsybComment by betsyb
    September 23, 2013 @ 9:15 am

    soda – You need to move to another country. This is America. The point of free speech is avoiding the tyrannical application of selective censure. Whoever holds the most power gets to filter what is acceptable or offensive. That freedom from censure is what makes America different. You can burn a flag. You can criticize your elected officials (illegal in some supposedly free European countries). Of all places to learn and have open minds…a university (you stepped right into that one). While you’re there learning, please take a Civics 101 class…please.

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