SMYRNA, TN and FREDERICKSBURG, VA (12-12-19)–
After intervention from Students for Life of America’s national headquarters, Motlow State Community College has reversed its denial of a Students for Life group on campus and has officially approved the group.
Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, stated, “As free-speech rights are under attack on high school and college campuses, it is great to see a school realize their mistake and amend it. We’re looking forward to continuing our work in Tennessee and across the country.” “
Motlow Community College in Tennessee originally denied an application by students at the school to start a Students for Life group on campus. After Students for Life of America’s team contacted the school to push back and point out their flawed decision, the school decided to reopen the application and soon after, approved the group.
The students originally submitted the full application on September 9th and were told it takes about two weeks to make a decision. Matt Bobo, the president of the group, said another group had been approved in only a few days. Furthermore, he knows he submitted all the required paperwork, because it’s not possible to submit the application without all of the required paperwork.
The school originally denied the application on November 12th. On November 14th, a Students for Life staff member contacted the college to counter their claims and to provide more information and bring up the possibility of legal action. Soon after, the school asked for minor edits to the club’s documents, and by November 25th, the group was approved.
Matt Bobo, the president of the group stated, “I am glad the school approved my group. We are looking forward to starting our work as a resource of pregnant and parenting students on campus and informing students about the importance of abolishing abortion.”
Appalachian Regional Coordinator Elizabeth Parker added, “Matt is a great student leader and he shows the importance of not letting a school deny a group and being courageous in respectfully pushing back against his school.”
You can learn more about common free-speech issues on campus by reading Kristan Hawkins’ op-ed in the Wall Street Journal here.
For questions, please contact Kristi Hamrick at [email protected].
Students for Life of America is the nation’s largest pro-life student organization, with over 1,220 groups on high school and college campuses across the country.