Students react to lawsuit filed against PSU for denial of Richard Spencer

University Park, Centre County, Pa. - It was back in August that Penn State University denied Cameron Padgett's request to rent space for white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak there this fall, and some students still back that decision.

"There's that line between free speech and hate speech...and at some point a university has to draw the line," sophomore Katie Johnston said.


Penn State was the fourth university to deny Padgett's request, and is being sued along with Michigan State University. 

The 29-year-old Georgia State University student claims that Penn State denied his First and Fourteenth Amendment rights. 

With the lawsuit gaining a lot of attention, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is even weighing in.

"I default on the First Amendment. I think everybody has the freedom of speech...but no one has the right to intimidate," Wolf said.


Johnston said that while the campus is large and there is varying opinion, she believes many students would support the university's decision.

"I definitely wouldn't say that the majority of this campus agrees with what they're preaching," Johnston.

WTAJ’s Hannah Smith did reach out to Penn State University officials who said it isn't their practice to comment on pending lawsuits. 

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