A University of New Mexico student says he was instructed by a school employee last week to remove an American flag he proudly had displayed from his dorm room window.
“UNM didn’t want to start drawing a line between what you can hang in public spaces, because you can see the flag from my window,” the student, Bobby Schofield told KOAT-TV.
Schofield said that one of the public university's resident advisers explained the policy was needed to keep students from displaying offensive material from their dorm rooms.
“He told me that if someone were to hang, say, the Confederate flag or a like a Third Reich flag, they didn’t want to have that showing," the student said. "And so to make it easier on them, they said no flags.”
[sharequote align="right"]"It's definitely a First Amendment violation for them to have to take down any kind of flag."[/sharequote]
The school's handbook states that “room decorations are to be in the interior of your room and may not extend into public spaces." A university spokesperson told college news website Campus Reform that "a window is considered 'public space.'"
Nevertheless, some students consider the order to remove the flag to be a First Amendment violation.
"It's definitely a First Amendment violation for them to have to take down any kind of flag. I think it's ridiculous," student Ryan Taylor told KOAT.
“There are probably some things that cross the line somewhere, but in general yeah what’s wrong with it,” another said.
(H/T: Campus Reform)
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