Students can boo Trump at Crimson Tide-LSU Tigers game, confirms University of Alabama body
The UA Student Government Association moved to clear the air about a notice they previously issued where they warned game goers would be punished for 'disruptive behavior.'
Students attending the big game between the University of Alabama's Crimson Tide and the Louisiana State University Tigers can take advantage of their First Amendment rights and boo President Donald Trump at the stadium, the university has confirmed.
There had been a palpable confusion surrounding what game-goers would and would not be allowed to do after the University of Alabama had sent out a letter to those with blocks of seats warning that "any organizations that engage in disruptive behavior during the game will be removed from block seating instantly and for the remainder of the season."
Many had interpreted the notice as an attack on their First Amendment rights and a threat that they would be punished if they vocally displayed their disdain for the president. However, the university has now come out to clear the air and insisted that it had been misconstrued.
In a statement obtained by AL, Jason Rothfarb, vice president for Student Affairs for University of Alabama Student Government Association, wrote, "Some have misinterpreted my comment regarding 'disruptive behavior.' As with other games this season, Organization’s Block Seating locations will be clearly marked, but at certain times, other students can and should have access to open seats. By disruptive behavior, we are asking students to be respectful to all students and staff and avoid altercations."
"My email has nothing do with anyone’s First Amendment rights and I am sorry for any confusion. Please express yourself and especially your pride for the Tide," he added.
Jackson Fuentes, the SGA's press secretary, did confirm that it was the first time in the season they had issued such a letter but that they had only done so because of the enhanced risk of disruptions due to the high-profile nature of Trump's visit.
"The SGA strongly affirms its belief in free speech and the rights of all students to express their opinions," he said in another statement. "Today’s report erroneously assigned a political context to a message meant only to remind students about heightened security and the consequences of altercations or other behaviors unbecoming of a University of Alabama student, as defined in the Capstone Creed."