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FREE SPEECH ROW: Lad, 17 expelled from Burnley College for supporting Rwanda Plan

A STUDENT has been expelled from a college in Burnley for supporting the Government’s Rwanda policy.

Leo Shepherd, 17 from Nelson, Lancashire said: “Today my college has refused to take me on for a second year because I made some tweets they didn’t like about Rwanda.”

“This is the state of modern Britain.”

The Burnley College student added that it was a very “overwhelming” situation.

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The tweets that have offended Burnley College came after Leo quote Tweeted a news report about a migrant opposed to the Rwanda plan.

The migrant told The Daily Mirror: “All I asked for is a chance for life. That’s all. A Chance to have a life.”

Leo said: “That life can be had in the beautiful country of Rwanda which has much nicer weather than the UK.”

He also responded to another user who wrote: “250 yrs ago we transported people to Australia because they were vulnerable enough to steal bread. Today we’ve decided to deport others to Rwanda because they are vulnerable enough to seek safety.”

He added: “The people we transported to Australia ended up building a great nation, maybe that’s what Rwanda needs?”

Right-wing political commentator Sophie Corcoran said: “A teenager has been kicked off of their college course reportedly because he made tweets that the college didn’t like about Rwanda.”

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“They effectively ruined a youngster’s future because he said something they disagree with.”

Heritage Party leader David Kurten tweeted: “This is an outrage. No student should be refused an education because they stated a lawful opinion that some other people dislike.”

“The college must back down immediately.”

Politicalite has approached Burnley College for comment.

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