After watching the video a few times it’s hard to believe this student was actually suspended and charged with harassment for what seemed like pretty innocuous behavior. But this is Connecticut, the so called “constitution state” and anything can happen there. Watch video of the incident below.
Nicholas Saucier, a college student at Asnuntuck Community College videoed a conversation about recent gun control legislation that passed in Connecticut and that put him out of a job after investing his life savings into an ammunition company. Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy was at the school as part of an ongoing conference.
At the end of the conversation as the Governor was getting in his car Saucier called the governor a “snake”. Looks like this was enough to get one slapped with a harassment charge and a suspension from school.
The conversation actually occurred back in October of 2013, but Saucier was not allowed to show the video at his hearing, pretty much ensuring that it would not be a fair hearing and that Saucier would not be able to defend his side of the argument.
Here is the video that was not allowed to be shown at the hearing:
According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE),
Saucier was confronted by the college’s president and a campus security officer, who escorted him off campus. The college charged Saucier with harassment and making threats, among other violations of its conduct policies.
Saucier was found guilty of all charges and placed on probation. On January 13, 2014, FIRE wrote a letter calling on ACC to reverse its decision and uphold students’ free speech and due process rights. The college has failed to respond.
The college tried to get Saucier to plead guilty and submit himself to counseling, but Saucier refused.
Although the suspension was eventually lifted the school has threatened to expel Saucier if he causes any more “trouble”.