UNM med student says he was punished for Obama Facebook post

University of New Mexico, UNM
University of New Mexico, UNM

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – A University of New Mexico medical student says the school unfairly punished him for a Facebook post that was critical of President Obama’s re-election and compared Democrats to Nazis.

A lawsuit filed last week in federal court claims Paul Hunt’s free speech rights were violated after the school forced him to revise his profanity-laced, anti-abortion rant in 2012 and still left negative references about the episode in his academic file.

His lawyer says the references could jeopardize his chances at getting into a good residency program after graduation.

But attorneys for the University of New Mexico School of Medicine say Hunt violated the school’s social media and professionalism policies. The lawyers say he was given due process to address the complaints.

Hunt is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

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