Comments on President Trump Cutout at ODU Spark Free Speech Debate

Some Old Dominion University students were angered by a Donald Trump cardboard cutout on campus earlier this week.

NORFOLK, Va. -- Some Old Dominion University students were angered by a President Donald Trump cardboard cutout on campus earlier this week.

The cutout was covered with comments about the president, ranging from calling him a "liar" and a "racist," to more vulgar terms.

ODU issued the following statement:

"It is our understanding that a student group had an activity that involved posting comments about President Trump this week and has since decided to stop the activity and focus on policy issues. While as a state institution of higher education, Old Dominion cannot restrict free speech, we foster a climate that encourages civility and respect, which will be part of our CommUNITY Forum scheduled for September 7."

A student who spoke with WVEC posted a picture of the cutout on Facebook.

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She said it was upsetting and inappropriate to see it in the Webb Center. Others on campus agreed.

"It should've been taken down immediately before anybody got a hold of it," said sophomore Stephen Davis.

There were others who said it's free speech and it encouraged conversation.

"Universities are a place for being open about ideas and have these kinds of discussions. There are a lot of uncomfortable conversations we have in class, on campus, and as a community," said Joshua Bolton, a junior.

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