Snowflakes Frightened by Beach Ball

Sep 29, 2017

A group of conservative students at Southern Illinois University were using a beach ball as part of a free speech exercise. The students would write a message on a beach ball and toss it to another student on the quad who in turn would repeat the process. This was so disturbing to several students that they called campus police “to express their concern” and fright. “It’s the ball that’s creating…people are scared of the beach ball?” one person asked the police. “Yeah, people are reporting that they’re scared of the beach ball, and what’s going on here,” answered the officer. The officers told the offending students that the quad was not a public space. “Right now, we’re going to have to put the ball away. It’s freaking a lot of people out. Student are calling in because they’re scared.” The officers denied that they were infringing on the student’s First Amendment rights. According to a director of University Marketing and Communications, the offending students were violating the university’s policy “governing freedom of expression and demonstration activities.”