Here's the president of the censorious Sinclair
Community College in Dayton defending his
school's restrictions on protest signs:
Colleges have an obligation to protect students,
employees and visitors in an era when acts of domestic terrorism
have captured headlines, said [Steve] Johnson. Concerns about
campus violence have spiked, he said, since the 1999 massacre at
Columbine High School in Colorado and the 2007 Virginia Tech
shootings in which 33 people died.
Columbine caught the attention of educational institutions
nationwide, Johnson said, serving as a 9/11 to campuses everywhere.
"And Virginia Tech was the second 9/11."
Although Johnson said he can't imagine how "words on (a) sign would
make a person unsafe," he did say protest signs could be used as
"It has nothing to do with what was printed on those objects," he
said, "but what those objects could be used for."