A senior at the University of Georgia, who recently posted on a Facebook page criticizing the state of education in the United States, has been banned from the campus.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the student was suspended for six months on Friday, March 1, 2017, after a student filed a complaint with the university regarding the student’s use of the phrase “bad education” to describe Georgia’s schools.
The student, whose name was redacted by the school, said he felt compelled to speak out in light of recent shootings in Georgia and across the country.
The Georgia school district responded by telling the student that “no action will be taken against him because of the content of his speech.”
The school also said that the student would not be allowed to use the term “bad schools” in his speech and that he could not have an event on campus during the suspension period.
But the student, who has since returned to school, says the school’s suspension was the result of a misunderstanding.
“It’s very upsetting, I really am,” the student told the AJC.
“I’m not a bad student.
I’m not some horrible person.
I have a lot of good friends, and I’m happy.
I just feel like we have a problem with education.”
The student said he was not on the “bad kids list” because of his political views.
“I’m just a person who wants to be heard,” the unnamed student said.
“It’s my opinion, and if you want to hear it, you should listen to it.”
The AJC contacted the Georgia Department of Education for comment on the student.
An Education Department spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The university has previously apologized for the suspension.
“The university strongly disagrees with the way that a student’s political views were expressed and will not tolerate students who engage in behavior that violates the university’s core values,” the university said in a statement in February.
“This is why we suspended him.”
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