A college student in Maryland has been denied permission to start a conservative civics club.
Moriah DeMartino, an incoming freshman at Hagerstown Community College (HCC) in Maryland, wanted to start a Turning Point USA club. Turning Point is a non-partisan organization that teaches the Constitution and advocates free markets and limited government.
The request was denied. Heather Barnhart, HCC’s club and student organization advisor, told DeMartino that a Turning Point club could only be started is a Democratic club was also launched. Barnhart also said that the school already has a Political Science Club, and their policy is not to allow clubs that “duplicate the purpose and mission of existing clubs.”
The college allows various clubs, including a chapter of the National Organization of Women. DeMartino released the following statement:
The college is attempting to handle this situation professionally. However, with that being said, I do feel that my right as a student activist is being denied in an unfair manner. There are other groups on campus that have a clear bias in their views, with no groups that have opposing views to them, so why is my club being denied?