OCC Student Speaks Out About Suspension

Orange Coast College student Caleb O'Neil was suspended after a recording he made of his professor bashing Trump supporters went viral.

The freshman is a Trump supporter and says he only made the video out of fear.

"I pulled my phone out, because I was honestly scared that I would have repercussions with my grades because she knew I was a Trump supporter."

School officials say O'Neil violated the school's Student Code of Conduct by using his phone to make the unauthorized recording.

The 19-year-old is suspended for a full semester, the summer term and before being allowed to readmit he has to write a letter of apology to his professor and a three page essay explaining his actions and their impact.

O'Neil's lawyer Bill Becker says the punishment is excessive. Orange County Republican Chairman Fred Whitaker agrees and says the college's decision;

 “Clearly affirms their disdain for one of our nation's most cherished freedoms: freedom of speech."

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