Students outraged over ‘Back the Blue’ rally. College president says right to assemble peacefully is ‘protected in the First Amendment’

Some students attending a women’s college in Massachusetts were outraged over a “Blue Lives Matter” rally, but the college president said that peaceful assembly is “protected in the First Amendment.”

“Participants will gather on the public area around the gazebo, which is not owned by the College,” Mount Holyoke President Sonya Stephens wrote in a school-wide letter earlier this month amid outrage from students over a pro-police “Back the Blue” rally.

“The right to peaceful assembly, and indeed to free speech, are protected in the First Amendment, and together with the freedoms of association, petition and the press are what we understand more broadly as freedom of expression,” she
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