Another "gun" at college, another psych eval

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    Another "gun" at college, another psych eval

    I think we're starting to see a real trend here.

    GUN = CRAZY

    These people are attempting to derail this guy's law career because he had the audacity to exercise one (or more) of his constitutional rights. When you're done reading this, if you want to send the resident jerk a little thought, here's his email address:

    nattgan@regent.edu

    http://content.hamptonroads.com/stor...4586&ran=53451

    Regent suspends student pending psychiatric evaluation

    Adam M. Key
    Adam M. Key

    By BILL BURKE, The Virginian-Pilot
    © October 13, 2007 | Last updated 10:41 PM Oct. 12

    VIRGINIA BEACH

    A Regent University law student who posted an unflattering photo of Regent President Pat Robertson on his Facebook page has been indefinitely suspended pending a psychiatric evaluation.

    Adam M. Key was told by a dean in an e-mail Friday that he was concerned about Key's "emotional well-being" and that several students have recently expressed concern about Key's "interpersonal behavior."

    The students "have reported, among other things, that you said that you brought a gun on campus, which is a violation of University policy," said the e-mail, signed by L.O. Natt Gantt, the law school's associate dean for student affairs.
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    Gantt said Key was being suspended until he could be evaluated by a university-approved mental health provider.

    "Given the security situations that school campuses face today," Gantt wrote, "the University must pursue a course of action that diligently responds to these concerns."

    Key said he has never brought a gun on campus or told fellow students that he had. "I've never owned or carried a gun," he said.

    He said he was notified of the university's action Friday during a conference call with Gantt and an assistant dean. He said neither gave specific details of their conversations with other students.

    "This is an effort to discredit me by drawing attention draw away from" the free-speech issue, Key said Friday. "It's insulting to imply that someone who has different opinions from the university is emotionally unstable."

    Asked whether he plans to make an appointment with a mental health professional, Key said, "I'm taking it under consideration."

    The picture of Robertson, posted on Key's Facebook social-networking Web page, shows Robertson making what appears to be an obscene hand gesture. Key copied it from a YouTube video in which Robertson scratches his face with the middle finger of his right hand.

    Regent, as a private university, has the right to impose punishment if it determines Key violated the standards of conduct he agreed to observe when he enrolled at the school. Several legal experts, however, said it is unusual for universities to ban free speech.

    The case has generated international news coverage, showing up in publications in Europe and Asia. Gantt did not return phone messages left late Friday.

    Bill Burke, (757) 446-2589, bill.burke@pilotonline.com

    Another report from the same newspaper withpretty much the same story:

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...&SECTION=STATE

    Regent U. bans student over unflattering photo of Pat Robertson

    By HANK KURZ Jr.
    Associated Press Writer
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    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A Regent University law student who posted an unflattering photo of school founder Pat Robertson on the Internet has been banned from campus and ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation before he can return to classes.

    Adam M. Key, 23, also was ordered to undergo counseling if a mental health provider that is acceptable to the university deems it appropriate, and to provide a report showing that he has completed any treatment plan required. He also must agree to allow the mental health provider to provide regular updates on his treatment to the school.

    "It's rather entertaining to me that I've been there a year and a half now and only now are they concerned about my mental state," Key said in a telephone interview.

    Key posted a picture of Regent's chancellor and president making what appears to be an obscene gesture on his Facebook social-networking page. Key said he copied the photo from a online video in which Robertson scratches his face with his middle finger.

    In a letter he received Friday from Associate Dean for Student Affairs L.O. Natt Gantt II, Gantt said several students have come forward expressing concern about Key's behavior this semester, and have reported that Key said he brought a gun onto campus.

    Key, who provided a copy of the letter to The Associated Press, denied ever having a gun and accused the university of exploiting the fear that lingers since a gunman at Virginia Tech killed 32 people last April in handing down its harsh punishment.

    "There's a big difference between someone who was incredibly violent like the Virginia Tech kid and someone who disagrees with the administration," he said in a telephone interview. "At the time we start labeling people who have dissenting voices as dangerous, we start losing the freedom that makes us Americans."

    Key said he has consulted with attorneys and intends to file a lawsuit alleging, among other things, that officials have summoned classmates in for discussions and shared with them private information about his academic standing and other matters.

    In the letter, Gantt wrote: "... these students have expressed that your presence on campus causes them to have serious concerns about their personal safety."

    Key said he stands 6-foot-3, weighs 300 pounds, used to be a pro wrestler and has several tattoos, but that his demeanor hasn't changed since he enrolled last year.

    The letter also tells Key that "your undergoing evaluation and possible counseling will enable you to enhance your well-being and improve your future" and says the school has no plans, at present, to begin any proceedings under the Honor Code or the University Standard of Conduct, but reserves the right to take those actions later.

    E-mail messages seeking comment sent to Gantt and Dean Jeffrey Brauch were not returned Friday night, and a spokeswoman said she was not at liberty to comment. She said a written statement issued from Robertson on Thursday night still applied.

    Robertson said privacy laws barred him from commenting on Key's situation, but that "in general, no action should be taken against anyone who exercises their freedom of speech and expression, and that includes criticism or satire of the chancellor.

    He added, however, that the school did not feel that deliberately manipulating a television image to turn it into something obscene was included in that freedom.

    All this, Key said, because of a "simple funny picture of Pat."

    After the private Christian university in Virginia Beach became aware of the posting, Key said officials demanded that he publicly apologize, then withhold public comment about the matter, or submit to the law school dean a legal brief defending the posting. Key chose the latter, arguing that his posting was satire protected under the First Amendment, and said Brauch rejected his written legal brief.

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    My email to Pat and Mr. Gantt:

    Mr. Robertson and Mr. Gantt,

    What the two of you are doing to Mr. Adam Key is unconscionable. Do you want to wreck his career, his life?

    On the matter of the picture. The only honorable thing to do is to completely drop the issue. Accept free speech and freedom. Proclaim it. Honor it.

    On the matter of the gun. Did anyone see a gun? Then forget about it. Did he threaten anyone? Probably a made up story anyway. Listen up. I have guns. So do lots of other people. We are not all crazy! Get it? I sense a real deep vibe throughout the country that guns and gunowners are to be demonized indirectly by accusing all "gunmen" of being mentally ill. It started with Cho. Then a couple of other college students around the country, now Mr. Key. This needs to stop.

    And while we're at it, why does Regent ban students from having guns anyway? How silly. Even Christ said to sell your cloak and buy a sword. The bible also teaches us that a man well armed protects his house, and that to kill a thief in the night is justified.

    XXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXX

    To email Pat:

    http://www.cbn.com/700club/features/...On/askpat.aspx
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    I was hoping this tactic would die down, but it seems to be doing the opposite. This pretty much sums up my thoughts.

    "At the time we start labeling people who have dissenting voices as dangerous, we start losing the freedom that makes us Americans."
    "A well-educated electorate, being necessary to the continuance of a free state, the right of the people to keep and read books shall not be infringed."
    Is this hard to understand? Then why does it get unintelligible to some people when 5 little words are changed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob The Great View Post
    I was hoping this tactic would die down, but it seems to be doing the opposite. This pretty much sums up my thoughts.
    Agree BG...great quote. I think the student will win hands down...obvious retribution...the school administration lost all credibility with this one...

    Rick

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