Raleigh, N.C. — Saint Augustine's College has settled a lawsuit filed by a former student who was barred from participating in last spring's graduation ceremony.
Roman Caple alleged that the school violated his free speech rights by prohibiting him from receiving his diploma with his class because of comments he had posted on the school's Facebook page following an April 16 tornado that damaged campus.
The university reopened three days after the storm amid the hum of chainsaws and the roar of heavy machinery. Caple was among the most vocal of students who balked at the quick turnaround, saying trees, power lines and broken glass still littered the campus, and some dormitories were without power.
Attorney Brandon S. Atwater said Caple was "very pleased" with the confidential settlement.