I received an email today of a letter by attorney Chad Donnahoo on behalf of Western Piedmont Community College and in response to my letter of September 3rd. The response included here is at best incomplete and ignores facts that would make a big difference in the situation. Mr. Donnahoo fails to respond to the fact that Dr. Omer was told to immediately "Leave the Property" without an opportunity to request to use the campus. In addition, Mr. Donnahoo seems to feel he can "handle" this situation by using case law and "BULLY" techniques in which to get the attention of the public. I still believe based on my training and education, a "PUBLIC" institution receiving tax payer support cannot decide to IMPOSE a policy that LIMITS civil rights or free speech. On the other hand, Western Piedmont Community College has an obligation to maintain a "safe" workplace for faculty and employees as well as students. Maybe Mr. Donnahoo hasn't been made aware of the facts and ALL of the facts here. Dr. Burnett as President of WPCC chose to be the spokesman here and to do as he chose to without consideration of anyone's individual civil rights. How can a member of the public be expected to gain their 1st Amendment Rights and use the property if they are FORCED to leave and not permitted at least an opportunity to request to use a "public area" and at least be considered and offered that opportunity?
Does counsel feel using legal terminology will stop members of the public from asking for their individual right to visit WPCC without violating some policy established by WPCC that violates the US Constitution?
Dr. Omer was humiliated and treated as if he was a common criminal and not with any dignity or respect. If WPCC feels it is right, why would students attending the college not be trespassing and subject to dictatorial behavior of President Dr. Jim Burnett?
Are we in America or some communist country based on this letter?
I will post the actual letter at a later time. Here is the "link"
Letter to Mr Garrison (Use of WPCC Space) (00019654).pdf (.pdf)
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