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After a Speaker Is Shouted Down, William & Mary Becomes New Flash Point in Free-Speech Fight

The protesters who shouted down a speaker from the American Civil Liberties Union at the College of William & Mary last week weren’t engaging in free speech, but deploying a “classic example of a heckler’s veto” aimed at stifling debate, the executive director of the ACLU’s Virginia office said on Thursday.

“Actions that bully, intimidate or disrupt must not be without consequences,” the official, Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, said in a written statement delivered a week after students affiliated with the campus chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement prevented her from speaking.