College student punished for stating ‘All Lives Matter’

Vice President Rohini Sethi at odds with President Shane Smith.

By simply posting on her Facebook account the all-encompassing message that all lives matter, Student Government Vice-President Rohini Sethi of the University of Houston has found herself literally punished by the very same student government she serves.

As reported by, in an apparent move to state the obvious, the chemical engineering student will be essentially persona non grata at the taxpayer-funded institute of higher learning’s student government for a period of nearly two months.

Her crime? Sending out a tweet proclaiming that the lives of everyone, regardless of skin tone, really do matter.


To be more specific, KTRK-TV Houston notes that Sethi’s motivation for her personal message of hope what the ambush slaying of five Dallas police officers while they protected Black Lives Matter protesters.

Unfortunately for the young co-ed, the closing words to George Orwell’s Animal Farm prove that he was more prophetic than he himself may have thought.

Perhaps proving that “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” would become a matter of fact in the Western World, Sethi is facing student government President Shane Smith’s rather Stalin-esque punishment, which consist of:

  • A 50-day suspension from SGA starting August 1. This suspension will be unpaid (she currently receives a stipend of about $700 a month).
  • A requirement to attend a three-day diversity workshop in mid-August.
  • A requirement to attend three “UH cultural events” each month from September through March, excluding December.
  • An order to write a “letter of reflection” about how her harmful actions have impacted SGA and the UH student body
  • An order to put on a public presentation Sept. 28 detailing “the knowledge she has gained about cultural issues facing our society.”

As Smith made clear, Sethi certainly has a right to free speech. But in an Orwellian example of doublespeak, he made clear that Sethi will be punished for exercising that same right;

“The first amendment [sic] prevents a person from being jailed by the governmetn for what they say. But [it] does not prevent people from receiving other consequences for what they say.”

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