“Caleb shouldn’t have to be targeted by leftists on campus simply because he supported Donald Trump for president,” said O’Neil’s attorney, Bill Becker, founder, president and general counsel of Freedom X.
O’Neil’s punishment by the college has gone viral throughout the country. Becker and O’Neil held a news conference this week that attracted a mob of reporters and supporters. Although O’Neil has sought to remain anonymous, the possibility of legal action against the college made it necessary for him to tell his story to the public.
O’Neil faces suspension for the summer term and a full semester. Freedom X filed a Notice of Appeal on Wednesday with the college arguing that O’Neil’s constitutional and legal rights have been violated.
The Notice argues that the sanctions imposed on O’Neil are excessive, that the college retaliated against O’Neil in violation of his constitutional and legal rights by unlawfully discriminating against him on the basis of his conservative political views and that the college violated O’Neil’s due process rights by conducting a partisan probe into the incident last November in O’Neil’s “Human Sexuality” class.
In addition to the suspension, O’Neil is required to submit a written apology to the instructor, Olga Perez Stable Cox, and write an essay analyzing, among other things, “the impact of the video going ‘viral’ and ensuing damage to Orange Coast College students, faculty and staff.”
Becker stated: “This is an attack by leftists in academia to protect the expressive rights of their radical instructors at the expense of the expressive rights of conservative students on campus.” O’Neil, a member of the College Republican group voted for Donald Trump to become president and often wore clothing with messages promoting the Trump candidacy to class. He was in fear of retaliation by his instructor after she launched into a half-hour rant in which she labeled Trump a “white supremacist” and told the class she would no longer tolerate any person who voted for Trump. O’Neil videotaped the rant over concerns that his grade might be lowered for the class because of his outward show of support for Trump. He intended to use the video to present to the administration as evidence of his concerns.
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Seal Beach attorney Shawn Steel initially represented O’Neil and remains of counsel to Freedom X providing assistance.
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