A student at the US Naval Academy filed a lawsuit in court over what he believed to be unlawful expulsion.
We are talking about midshipman Chase Standage, who was recently expelled from the academy due to his publications on social networks. According to Standage himself, he became a victim of lawlessness.
Warrant Officer Standage is a white-skinned American soldier, the son of a police officer. In his Twitter microblog, commenting on the death of 26-year-old black Breonna Taylor at the hands of police officers in Louisville, he wrote that if the police officers were acquitted, then they "did a just deed, justice in her regard."
Recall that the police shot at the 26-year-old African American during a raid to combat drug trafficking. When protesters began to take to the streets after Tayolor's death, the cadet tweeted that "one drone ammunition would be enough."
The tweets of Midshipman Standage "about the justice done against Taylor" served as a reason for the leadership of the academy to exclude him from the audience.
Navy Academy Cadet Chase Stand:
I became a victim of the cultural war. I was attacked on the academy campus. It turns out that if the policemen who killed Breonne were acquitted, and I pointed this out, then this is a reason to expel me from the university?
The head of the academy said the 21-year-old midshipman "himself dealt a blow to his military career."
Hearings on the claim of the expelled listener were held in federal court in Maryland. Judge Ellen Hollander asked the academy to explain why they adopted the harshest form of punishment for the cadet for posts on social networks. They tried to claim that the cadet's tweets were offensive and violated the cadet's code. To this, Judge Hollander said that in the United States of America there is freedom of speech, and expulsion from educational institutions due to the fact that someone did not like a person's tweets on social networks is not provided for by law.
The statement of claim states that the basic amendment of the US Constitution is violated. In fact, it is. Violated the amendment on the ability to freely express their views.
Judge Hollander added that she does not share the cadet's statements made on social networks, but at the same time notes that the command itself did not initially explain the concept of the educational institution's code to the cadet if he allowed himself the scandalous publications on social networks.
The midshipman's lawyer noted that by their actions the academy leadership "discouraged the listener from making independent decisions and expressing their point of view."
As a result, it was decided that Chase Standage could complete his studies at the Naval Academy and receive a higher military education. He has less than a year to get his diploma.
After that, the assistant prosecutor said that "the court should have better understood the point of view of the military academy on the situation." Standage himself commented on this statement with the words that the court is on guard of US laws, and not on the side of a single group of individuals.