Yale Students Sign Petition to Repeal First Amendment

December 17, 2015

Students at Yale University have been caught on film lending their support to a petition to repeal the First Amendment, according to a video produced by a prominent documentary filmmaker.

The video comes on the heels of several high-profile incidents on college campuses in which students and teachers have sought to censor reporters in a bid to foster what they call a "safe space."

In the most recent example, a group of student and teacher protestors at the University of Missouri were recorded trying to boot reporters and others from public campus areas.

At Yale, massive protests erupted over a debate about Halloween costumes that the student body deemed offensive.

With the topic of campus speech issues dominating the headlines, documentary filmmaker Ami Horowitz took to Yale’s campus to see if students would sign a petition to repeal the First Amendment, which includes the rights to free speech, religion, the press, and assembly.

"What we’re calling for is an amendment to repeal the first amendment, just get rid of it, blow it up," Horowitz tells students who are secretly recorded from afar.

"I think this is fantastic. I absolutely agree," responds one Yale student.

"Excellent. Love it," responds another.

Multiple students can be seen lending their names to the petition.

Several students also back the creation of a "safe space" and regulations prohibiting speech that "hurts people’s feelings."