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Says he was told to stay 100 feet from Latino staff

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A student who says his university violated his civil rights addressed a public audience for the first time in Madera on Monday.

Neil O’Brien, a senior at California State University, Fresno, majoring in recreation, told members of the local chapter of the Central Valley Tea Party about his run-ins with students, faculty and administration.

O’Brien cited his expression of conservative views versus a left-leaning opposition as a major reason for disciplinary action taken against him by the university. That action included being ordered to stay at least 100 feet away from staff in the Chicano-Latino studies department.

“Civil rights are only afforded to those that are actually in line with the university,” he said. “Anybody who speaks out against the university or has a different point of view are not allowed, accepted, appreciated and they’re retaliated against,” said O’Brien, a Clovis resident. He spoke before nearly 30 people who gathered for a regular meeting in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall...


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