Police were called on a student at Hagerstown Community College in Maryland as she collected names on a petition to form a conservative club on campus. She collected more than 200 names in a couple hours.
Moriah DeMartino is a second year student at the school and is now suing them for preventing her from launching a Turning Point USA chapter on campus because it’s a partisan Republican club. Apparently Capitalism is “partisan” and only “Republican” now.
This is a young woman who should be praised for her leadership qualities but instead the police are called on her.
They also explained that they do not allow students to “start new clubs that duplicate the purpose and mission of existing clubs.”
Clubs currently on campus include left-wing organizations like National Organization for Women (NOW), Spectrum Club, a club whose “primary goal is to create a safe environment for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, and straight allies,” and a general Political Science Club.
“There is a lack of consistency on campus when it comes to student organizations. There are clearly other overlapping mission statements from organizations at Hagerstown,” DeMartino said.
The school claims they value diversity and freedom of speech.
Moriah DeMartino is adamant her group formation denial is a violation of HCC’s student policy and has filed a lawsuit against Hagerstown. “I’ve spoken privately to students who are very interested in Turning Point USA’s mission. I believe in fighting for my beliefs and my rights as an American.”
The college continues to insist they already have a similar club on campus.
The 22-year-old college student told The Blaze: ‘Mostly my priority is my free speech right, is what it comes down to. I don’t believe [HCC] has a right to tell a student, “we can’t have a political club on campus because it’s duplicating.”‘
The Political Science Club says on its website: “The purpose of the club shall be to further educate and expose its members to the principles of political science in a true objective manner with respect to all student rights.”
Turning Point USA says on its website: “Turning Point USA educates students about the importance of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government.”
“Through non-partisan debate, dialogue, and discussion, Turning Point USA believes that every young person can be enlightened to true free market values.”
They are obviously not duplicates.
The rules on the Hagerstown website for starting a new club say nothing about not duplicating clubs or not allowing a “partisan” limited government club.