The students are accused of violating a San Diego State University housing agreement that stipulates: “No items, except patio furniture designed for outdoor use, may be placed on balconies and patios. Hangings, partitions, or curtains of any type may not be used on balconies or patios.”
So, the U.S. Flag along with banners from the Coast Guard, Army and San Diego State itself, any of which barely cover the railings is really not a safety hazard. It’s a nit-picky, officious, silly rule issue.
Not surprisingly, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which often takes up Leftist free speech cases, is not going to defend the students:
“I think the university is within its rights to prohibit hanging anything from a balcony,” the local ACLU legal director said, adding that the students “probably need to find another way” to express their patriotism. The students have said that they will fight the university as far as possible, but will ultimately take down the flags rather than face expulsion and the loss of their academic scholarships and future military careers.”
Now, if the students were radical democrats with banners of Obama, Che Guevara, and the ISIS battle flag, the ACLU would be loaded for bear and the school would defend them to the hilt. But, we cannot do that with patriotic kids.
If you wish to contact San Diego State University and express your support for these patriotic students, here’s the contact info:
5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, CA 92182