Stockton University in New Jersey has dropped 5 of 6 conduct charges against a student who used a photo of Trump in his Zoom background during a virtual meeting.
The school still claims that Robert Dailyda violated a conduct code with his Facebook post, and he may be punished by probation, community service and a fine.
FIRE, an organization who defended Dailyda, tweeted:
UPDATE: Yesterday, @Stockton_edu dropped 5/6 charges against the student. Today, we wrote to Stockton to address the remaining trumped-up “disruptive behavior” charge. Dropping some of the charges is a step in the right direction, but it’s not enough.
They had earlier written:
A student at @Stockton_edu posted a Zoom background of @realDonaldTrump during a virtual class.
Other students said they were “offended, disrespected, and taunted” by the image. Now, he faces six charges from the school, including “cyberbullying.”
Per a letter from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) Daiyda wrote on his Facebook page:
“I have gotten to the point that I have to say something. I love this country. We are a diverse, yet assimilated population from all backgrounds. I believe all must have the same opportunities and I commit to make that a priority. Beyond that, I am done with the leftist agenda of BLM and the white self haters. I have seen it in action in my doctoral classes at Stockton and the general media. I’m not backing down. If we can’t get past this, ok, I’m ready to fight to the death for our county and against those that want to take it down. I believe there are also many like me.”