Freedom of hyperbole

Watch the video and see if you can find the moment that got a guy banned from every public building in a small town in Massachusetts.

After making a joke about shooting, Robert Schueler, a finance committee and sewer commission member, was banned by the Shirley (Ma.) Board of Selectmen from every public building in town. He can only call in to meetings now.

Today, the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit against the town.

“The Constitution protects both popular and unpopular speech, including hyperbole,” an official with the local chapter said.

“If the police were truly concerned, they would have charged him, and they didn’t,” his own attorney said.

The selectmen aren’t commenting.

  • BJ

    Seriously. What a great use of city time and energy.

    He has been banned for almost 2 years! May of 2011 is when this meeting happened.

  • Jeff

    I agree with the ACLU on this one. Yes, he said something stupid, but not as dangerous as restricting the freedom of speech.

  • MnProf

    On the other hand, if you banned everyone who said something stupid at a meeting from all meetings, there would be far fewer meetings to attend (assuming that anyone at all was still able to attend).