Wisconsin Advances Bill to Suspend or Expel Students who Disrupt College Speakers

Too bad the students aren't just taught to respect the Constitution.

According to the Washington Post, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed a bill which states that student protesters who disrupt Constitutionally protected speech "in the UW system could be suspended or even expelled if they repeatedly disrupt campus speakers they disagree with." This sort of activity has already happened at the University of Wisconsin:

Conservative media commentator Ben Shapiro was just a few minutes into a lecture at the University of Wisconsin last fall when more than a dozen student protesters rose from the audience and began chanting “shame!” and “safety!” in hopes of drowning him out.

Some of the protesters made their way to the front of the room and stood in front of Shapiro, a former Breitbart News editor who was giving a speech titled “Dismantling Safe Spaces,” as the university’s independent student newspaper reported at the time. Eventually, campus police arrived and the group exited, allowing Shapiro to carry on.

Though it's wonderful that Wisconsin is dealing with this issue, this is a nationwide problem. For example, when Heather Mac Donald was invited to speak at Claremont McKenna College, this happened:

Even though it's criminal to block access to the event, the campus police let the "protestors" have their way and Mac Donald was forced to live-stream her event. Additional protests broke out in Berkeley when Milo Yiannopoulos tried to speak:

But the Wisconsin lawmakers want to do their part in stopping this insanity. Here's more from the Washington Post:

Rep. Jesse Kremer, the lead sponsor, said he introduced the bill in response to “situations where students’ free speech rights have been taken away.” The goal, he said, was to make the state university’s campuses more civil for people of all political orientations.

“We don’t want to get to the point of having situations in Wisconsin like Berkeley,” Kremer, a Republican from Kewaskum, Wis., told The Washington Post. “It’s not meant to hurt anyone. People are still allowed to protest and disagree. It’s that the person in a forum has the right to get their point across without being disrupted.”

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