Appeals court reinstates claim former Valdosta State U. president retaliated against student over Facebook post

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reinstated on Monday a former Valdosta State University student’s claim that he was expelled in 2007 in retaliation for a Facebook post that criticized the institution’s president.

Student activist’s First Amendment case against Valdosta State president faces key appeals-court showdown

Six years after Thomas Hayden Barnes was tossed out of college without warning for vociferously criticizing a plan to replace campus greenspace with parking garages, his First Amendment claim still awaits a day in court.That day is a bit closer with an argument docketed at the Atlanta-based Eleventh Circuit U.S.