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UCLA was right not to discipline student who made video rant against Asians, free speech experts say

March 19, 2011 | 10:15 am

Free speech advocates and some legal experts said UCLA was right not discipline a student who released a controversial online video in which she complained about Asian students' behavior and mimicked an Asian language.

"This woman expressed her opinion, an offensive opinion to be sure," but did not advocate violence or harass anyone, said UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, an expert on the 1st Amendment.

Adam Kissel of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, agreed, adding students always have said nasty things about one another, but the Internet now allows everyone to see that.

But Layhannara Tep, a Cambodian American who is director of the Asian Pacific Coalition student group, said Alexandra Wallace should have been asked to take an ethnic studies or history class that would expose her to other cultures.

Wallace announced that she was withdrawing from UCLA because of death threats and because she had been "ostracized from an entire community."

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-- Larry Gordon and Rick Rojas