Student Wins Lawsuit Against College After Being Ordered To Stop Preaching In School Courtyard
HAMPTON, VA (CBSDC) – A student has won a freedom of speech fight against his college after being ordered to stop preaching in a school courtyard.
Christian Parks sued the Virginia Community College system after campus police at Thomas Nelson Community College stopped him from preaching in a school courtyard.
The Alliance Defending Freedom, an Arizona-based Christian legal ministry, represented Parks and argued his free speech rights were violated, the Christian Broadcasting Network reported.
Parks will be paid $25,000 from the Virginia Community College system. The college system has also voted to eliminate “free speech zones,” which was a policy created in 1968 that allowed student expression in designated areas.
The policy was suspended in April when Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s office decided not to defend it in court.
“Once the suit was filed, our office got all parties together to help facilitate a solution prior to extensive litigation,” Michael Kelly, spokesman for the attorney general, told CBN.
Travis Barham, an attorney who represented Parks, explained that students now have a greater freedom of expression because of the case.
“As a result of the case, the Virginia Community College System and Thomas Nelson Community College have changed their policies to allow much greater freedom of expression for students,” Barham told the CBN.