A Texas Christian University student, who’s also a member of the College Republicans and the Young Americans for Freedom, was suspended from campus activities and given community service for comments he made critical of Islam and Mexicans on social media that administrators called “inappropriate,” he said.
In addition to being ordered to perform 60 hours of community service, Harry Vincent, 19, was told he must attend diversity training, Fox News reported.
“They’re trying to make me out to be the classic bigoted hateful white male,” he said, in an interview with Todd Starnes of Fox News. “That’s the complete opposite of what I am.”
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Vincent was also accused of posting “inappropriate” comments about Mexicans and the rioters in Baltimore, Maryland.
The university said in a statement: “When student’s conduct violates the university’s behavioral standards, they are subject to a disciplinary process and will be held accountable for their actions.”
Vincent’s actual accusations from the university included “infliction of bodily or emotional harm” and “disorderly conduct,” Fox News said. They were incurred after he sent out tweets about radical Islam and the Baltimore riots.
One said: “These hoodrat criminals in Baltimore need to be shipped off and exiled to the sahara desert. Maybe then they’ll realize how much we provide for them (welfare, college tuition, Obama’s phone’s, medicare, etc.”
Another tweet on Islam: “This is clearly not a religion of peace.”
And in one more social media post he referred to Mexicans as “beaners.”
A woman with no ties to the college, but who knew Vincent as a middle-school classmate, took offense at the messages and kicked off a Twitter vent against him, urging her followers to complain to the university. Once alerted, Associate Dean of Students Glory Robinson ordered Vincent to apologize – despite the fact the messages were posted on his own private social media pages.
“Dean Robinson said I was going to need to write an apology letter and a letter stating what sort of punishment I thought I deserved,” Harry told me. “She told me not to use Freedom of Speech as a defense, or else I would be more severely punished,” Vincent said.
He then hired an attorney to appeal. But the appeal board was biased, he said.
“My appeal board consisted of one very flamboyant male teacher and the head of the inclusiveness and diversity department,” Vincent said, to Fox News. “It wasn’t a very unbiased board at all that heard my case.”
His appeal was rejected; the university said “the choices you made caused harm to other individuals,” Fox said.
“These types of comments are not acceptable at TCU and directly contradict our mission of being ‘ethical leaders and responsible citizens in a global community,'” the university wrote, in its appeal decision.
Vincent said he’s not sure if he will return to TCU.
“I’m thinking about enlisting in the Marines,” he said, adding that he’s not going to quit his case, Fox News reported. “I’m not going to stand down and watch an institution throw away the Constitution and throw away basic God-given rights.”