A federal court issued an order on Friday siding with a Florida State University student who was ousted from his position as student senate president after sending private text messages critical of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Judge Allen Winsor of the Northern District Court of Florida sided with Jack Denton and ordered Florida State University to resume paying him his salary.
Denton was removed as president of the FSU student senate, a paid position, in June for criticizing Black Lives Matter in private text messages.
“It is no answer to say, as FSU does, that this is merely all part of the ‘rough and tumble’ of student politics, that Denton must develop thicker skin,” Winsor wrote in the order.
He continued: “Denton is not here to complain about insults or hurt feelings. His claim is that he lost his job — his student government position — because he chose to exercise his First Amendment rights.”
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