The officials told Gregoire, Withers, and the others that they must immediately stop engaging in their speech activities and leave campus. When Gregoire and two of the other club supporters politely informed the school chief of public safety that they were going to continue exercising their First Amendment freedoms by talking with students and handing out copies of the Constitution, he arrested them and charged them with trespass.
“There was no screaming, there was no rioting, there was no mob, and there certainly were no casualties,” said Michelle. “And yet, I’m the one that wound up arrested.”
Kellogg Community College had a speech zone policy. According to the policy, students and others must obtain permission from the school before they can engage in any expressive activity anywhere on campus, including the distribution of any written material.
“What is ironic is that the very document that we were passing out guarantees our right to speak freely anywhere on campus — the Constitution.”
“Thankfully, Alliance Defending Freedom came to our defense,” Michelle said.
When ADF and Allied Attorney Jeshua Lauka intervened, the charges were dropped — but the unconstitutional policies restricting student speech remained in effect.