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Utah TA Punished After Segregating Gun-Carrying Students To Tiny Zone With No Desk

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The University of Utah said Tuesday that it removed a teaching assistant from a classroom after the TA relegated concealed-carrying students to a tiny zone with no desk.

The unnamed teacher had confined gun-toting students to a three-by-three, taped-off area of the classroom, even though both Utah law and university policy permitted students with gun permits or licenses to carry on campus, reported Campus Reform.

“Because the University of Utah reserves the right to restrict elements of the first amendment on campus to specifically sanctioned ‘free speech zones,’ I am reserving the right to restrict elements of the second amendment in my own classroom,” the teacher said in the course’s “Weapons Policy.”

“If you feel that it is somehow at all appropriate to bring a gun to class (hint: it is not — this is absurd, antisocial, and frightening behavior), you are restricted to spending your time in class in my ‘second amendment zone’ a 3×3 taped square on the floor in the very back of the classroom, that will be shared with all other gun carriers,” he continued.

“This zone also does not include a desk, because desks are reserved for students who respect the personal and psychological safety of their classmates and instructor.”

Utah state Republican Rep. Karianne Lisonbee shared the policy on Facebook. (RELATED: Ivy League TA Says She Calls On Black Women First, White Men Last)

“I am livid,” she said in the post. “A University of Utah Professor doesn’t understand the Bill of Rights and University policy on free speech – which is disturbing enough. But even more egregious, she is seeking to break state law and deprive students of their rights.”

A University of Utah spokesman said that the TA apologized and will not be teaching during the fall 2018 semester.

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