A Christian art student is suing a university in Illinois for slapping her with a contact ban against three of her classmates because they complained about her conservative views.
Maggie R. Dejong was a student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She graduated earlier this year.
A “fervent” Christian, she has often shared her religious beliefs on social media and has even been challenged by her classmates about it.
Dejong claims in a lawsuit that the school was determined to crush her views because they differed from liberal teachers and classmates who said she made them feel unsafe.
She ended up being hit with a no contact order for three of her classmates who are not named in the lawsuit, but who submitted screenshots of her Instagram posts at school.
Now Dejong is suing the school. In a lawsuit obtained by DailyMail.com, she recounts how she was singled out in class as the only conservative student.
On one occasion, a classmate privately messaged him on Instagram after he uploaded a post about his religion.
Maggie R. Dejong was a student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She graduated earlier this year
Here are some of the posts that Maggie’s classmates complained about
The original post read, “Don’t be fooled by [n]new age practices.’
The classmate privately messaged him, accusing him of “saying that a person’s belief system is wrong.”
She replied: “You ask a very good question. [S.W.]:) In a relativistic society, it can be seen this way. But my personal beliefs are based on objective truth through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“My belief compels me to speak out against the evil that keeps people in spiritual bondage. You can totally disagree with me, and that’s your right 🙂 But it’s out of love that I call it.
Dejong goes on to say that his words were used in this student’s art project titled “The Crushing Weight of Microaggressions.”
In February 2021, she came to class wearing a pro-police, “Back the Blue” hat.
She had already decided not to support calls to defund the police and said she did not believe in BLM.
When she came to class with the hat, she says her teacher asked her to explain why she was wearing it.
Other posts she shared were about COVID-19 rules and lockdowns, Kyle Rittenhouse and the media
Other posts decried the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, which she agreed to ‘roll back’ the conservative cause
Another post revealed his pro-life stance. Classmates complained about them all
‘Mrs. DeJong said she wore the hat to show her support for law enforcement and explained her belief that defunding the police would harm society.
‘Rather than take off the hat to appease the accused [Megan] Robb and the students who took offense to it, Ms DeJong stood firm as fellow students argued that the hat was a symbol of oppression and implied that Ms DeJong was racist for wearing it,’ says the trial.
Months later, students called the hat “dangerous”. They compared it to someone eating peanuts next to someone with a nut allergy.
The teachers then told him that his comments on social media were “problematic”.
Among the posts shared by Dejong was one that denounced the Jan. 6 insurgency but claimed that the BLM riots “ruined the country.”
Another concerned Kyle Rittenhouse’s verdict which she considered the prevailing justice.
Professor Shelly Goebl-Parker (left) and Director of Art Therapy Megan A. Robb (right) issued the ban
Rittenhouse was acquitted of murder after shooting dead BLM protesters in Kenosha. His team successfully argued that he feared for his life.
Media coverage of the pre-trial case was riddled with inaccuracies such as that he was driven into town by another bent on killing.
Dejong wrote on Instagram, “Justice and truth have prevailed in the face of the lies and deception of the mainstream media trying to twist the narrative.
“It gives hope to Americans. Pray for the protection of these jurors whose lives have been threatened.
In February 2022, she received three ‘no contact orders’ which told her she could not communicate with three students at the school.
Now she is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. She accused the university of having a “fork” mentality.