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First Amendment on Campus Subject of A&M Workshop

Demonstrations during the latest presidential election are just one example of Texas A&M's students exercising First Amendment rights.

Finding a balance between those rights and Aggie values was the topic of a pair of workshops Monday.

The university brought in Saundra Schuster, an expert on First Amendment rights at colleges. She discussed how most people believe everyone deserves constitutional freedoms until they see or hear something they don't like.

"If we constrain speech that we disagree with, that causes us discomfort or unrest, we will have robbed this community of the debate and the reflection that often accompanies a First Amendment controversy," Schuster said.

She also noted a study that showed one in 1,000 could name all five First Amendment freedoms, but one in four could name all the primary characters on The Simpsons.


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