No free speech for recruiters

UC-Santa Cruz students disrupted a campus job fair that included military recruiters. According to the Santa Cruz Sentinel, more than 200 student anti-war protesters stormed the Stevenson Event Center, “shouting and banging on windows and demanding that military recruiters in the corner of the room leave.”

The noisy sit-in ended after an hour of chaos and tension when military representatives vacated their posts. Student protesters hugged each other happily after administrators allowed them to hand out information on alternatives to military careers and agreed to a meeting to discuss future job fairs.

The protesters got exactly what they wanted.

At the high school level, students are choosing public military schools, reports the New York Times.

The academy is part of a growing trend, in Philadelphia and other cities, of military schools that are part of the public school system, most of them in low-income areas with black and Hispanic residents. Two more public military academies are scheduled to open in Philadelphia in the next two school years, and student interest is already overwhelming. According to Col. Russell Gallagher, director of Philadelphia’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, some 2,000 applicants have applied for 125 spots for September in the city military academies.

Chicago now has three public Army-oriented high schools with more than 1,600 students, and officials plan to open a public naval academy in September. The city also has eight military academies within regular high schools.

I think the Times is right in saying parents and students are seeking “an orderly, safe academic environment.”

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  1. Walter E. Wallis says:

    I believe all federal funds to U.C. Santa Cruz should be embargoed until the protesters are expelled and banned from campus.
    The operative term is “peacably to assemble”.

  2. Cousin Dave says:

    Check out today’s Instapundit entry on this subject. A reader emailed to Professor Reynolds:

    “The rarely-mentioned dirty secret of it all is that the military are increasingly disinclined to recruit in such places to begin with. They did not push to reinstitute ROTC at places like Harvard and Middlebury because ‘frankly, we’ve found that students from such institutions tend to perform poorly as officers,’ to quote an officer (O-4) in a position to know.

    “Fewer and fewer students attending places like UCSC are of the sort who can handle the military. These institutions do not, however, yet seem to recognize their growing irrelevence and its connection to a woefully distorted and unbalanced political environment.”

  3. Ross the Heartless Conservative says:

    Not that it would ever happen but wouldn’t it have been grand if all the companies there to recruit would have left when the military did?

  4. says:

    “hugged each other happily after administrators allowed them to hand out information on alternatives to military careers..”…right. Most students at institutions like this simply assume that they are destined for a military career, and never consider any other options.

    (end sarcasm)

  5. greeneyeshade says:

    what would you expect of a place that would create a professorship of “the history of consciousness” and hire angela davis to fill it?

  6. BadaBing says:

    Love for the country and respect for its Constitution are inversely proportionate to one’s level of disdain for its military.

  7. John from OK says:

    I hate to say it but that would have been me protesting at UCSC back in 1983.

  8. Katherine C says:

    I don’t understand this. It’s totally against the spirit of protest which isn’t to stifle the other person’s voice, but simply to add yours to be heard as well. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to hand out literature on alternatives to the military (though isn’t that what everyone else at the job fair would be doing?) but they shouldn’t make the recruitors leave to do it.