Regent University Student Forced Into "Psychiatric Evaluation" for Posting Pic of Pat Robertson on Facebook

This post, written by Amanda Terkel, originally appeared on Think Progress

Adam Key, a Regent University law student, has been "indefinitely suspended pending a psychiatric evaluation" for posting on his Facebook page an "unflattering photo" of university founder Pat Robertson:

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As McClatchy notes, the picture is "from a YouTube video in which Robertson scratches his face with the middle finger of his right hand. The video is edited to freeze the frame in that position for several seconds."

A dean justified the suspension by alleging that Key "brought a gun on campus." But Key insists he has "never owned or carried a gun." In an interview with Above the Law, Key elaborates on why this "pychiatric evaluation" is ridiculous:
Keep in mind, this is the same school that published law review articles relying on sources like Paul Cameron, the man kicked out of the American Psychological Association for deliberately falsifying data in order to further his cause. I would gladly consider an evaluation by a legitimate psychiatrist that is entirely unaffiliated with Regent.
However, as I have repeatedly emphasized, I will undergo this psychiatric exam after Regent forces Pat Robertson to undergo one. Truly, what's crazier... disagreeing with the administration, or hearing voices that tell you about hurricanes that don't happen, and the impending apocalypse?
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