AG Sessions: Free speech on college campuses under attack

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United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions claims free speech is under attack on college campuses, saying the Justice Department will back up students who sue universities claiming their free speech rights have been violated.

"Freedom of thought and speech on American campuses are under attack," Sessions said to law students Tuesday at Georgetown University.

He took aim at students who protest speakers on college campuses stating: "The American university was once the center of academic freedom, a place of robust debate, a forum for the competition of American ideas but is transforming into an echo chamber of political correctness and homogeneous thought, a shelter for fragile egos."

News 12 went to Hofstra University to ask students what they thought about the attorney general's comments.

"Is free speech dead? Absolutely not," said Normal Gabriel.

"Sometimes I think it's a waste of time to bring people on that only exist to say controversial things," James Sweeney said. "But I don't think anyone is suppressing our freedom of speech."

Others backed Sessions, citing protests of conservative speakers on college campuses.

"Things have changed over the years; there are some things you can't say that are offensive," said Tosin Ibironke.

While student reactions to Sessions' comments were mixed, all told News 12 that they value free speech on the Hofstra campus.

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