In 2018, a federal court judge dismissed the suit, saying Georgia Gwinnett had resolved the main issues that fueled the legal challenge. The judge agreed with the college’s motion to dismiss, noting it had changed its campus speech policy to make it easier for students, guest speakers and organizations to speak on campus. The ruling was upheld on appeal in 2019.
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The attorney for the students says the courts let the college off the hook. “Government officials must be held responsible for enacting and enforcing policies that trample students’ constitutionally protected freedoms. If they get off scot-free, they or others can simply do it again,” said attorney John Bursch of the Christian-based Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing the students.
“Now, it looks like Chike was wrong because his lawsuit was dismissed,” Bursch said in a media call Friday, noting that Uzuegbunam is now turning to the U.S. Supreme Court for vindication. “The whole world should know his rights were violated.”
The Supreme Court will begin its next term in October, but no date has been set for this case.