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FSU Responds to Neo-Nazi Student Outrage, “Protecting Freedom of Expression”

"At this time, we are unaware of any actionable activity or offenses," FSU Associate Vice President for Student Affairs says in response to an FSU Student who was part of the Neo-nazi group Patriot Front, in an email obtained by Our Tallahassee. "FSU also prides itself on protecting freedom of expression and speech and the right to peacefully assemble,"

// February 4, 2022,

12:40 am

Updated:February 14, 2022

Florida State University has replied after widespread public outrage regarding the neo-nazi group Patriot Front who organized a small combat training retreat in Tallahassee’s parks. In an e-mail obtained by Our Tallahassee, Angela Chong, the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, sent at least one concerned resident the following response.

“At this time, we are unaware of any actionable activity or offenses,” the response reads. It calls it an “opportunity” to remind students of the University’s stance on anti-Semitism. 

“FSU also prides itself on protecting freedom of expression and speech and the right to peacefully assemble. Individuals are entitled to personal beliefs, even if they are despicable and antithetical to our values as a university,” the e-mail reads. 

Calvin Stow-Ortiz, a Florida State University Student linked to the pseudonym “Arthur FL”, a member of the Patriot Front neo-nazi group.

The e-mail represents the first response that Florida State has had to the growing scrutiny around the revelation that a student belongs to a neo-nazi organization. 

FSU student planned white supremacist vandalism on FAMU’s campus

Among the hundreds of chat log records of the FSU student, Calvin Stow-Ortiz, operating under the pseudonym “Arthur FL,” show him planning to coordinate white supremacist vandalism and “stickering” of the historically black university, Florida A&M University

This is a developing story…

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