(JUST THE NEWS) – Conservative student groups have often complained – and sometimes gone to court – when college administrators impose crippling security fees on their events based on speculative threats of disruption, a sort of monetary heckler’s veto. Public libraries may be getting in on the action.
Emails suggest that the Cranston Public Library in Rhode Island’s second-largest city knew of no credible threat against an event last year with a prominent Canadian critic of gender ideology in schools and pediatric medicine, yet forced its sponsor, the Independent Women’s Network, to pay for a full police detail.
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It later revised policies in line with a trustee’s suggestion to require outside groups to agree to pay whatever security fees it deemed necessary after the fact.
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