Earlier this year we reported that a Connecticut community college suspended a student veteran for his aggressive questioning of Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy during a public forum.

Hillsdale College student Macaela Bennett interviews that student, Nicholas Saucier, for The College Fix.

…The incident in question took place last October. Right after the governor left, college President James Lombella and a campus security officer led Saucier off campus, and he was suspended, with campus officials alleging he was a “danger” to the school.

When he returned for his misconduct trial, things remained tense.

“At that point, it was still unclear to me why I had been removed from campus and threatened with arrest if I returned,” Saucier said. “When I arrived, there was a security guard waiting out front. We went into the meeting and I could tell this was not going to be an impartial process. She had made her mind up before I walked in the door.”

She being Katie Kelley, dean of students. Using the testimony of six witnesses, Kelley accused Saucier of crashing the event by disrupting Malloy’s speech, screaming in his face, chasing him outside the building yelling, “Keep your f**king hands off,” and “You’re a f**king snake,” and threatening him with a gun.

The college “refused to review Saucier’s videos showing his speech to be protected by the First Amendment” at his Nov. 18 student misconduct hearing, FIRE said in a press release April 1.

“It also prohibited any recording of the hearing, depriving Saucier of a fundamental safeguard colleges routinely afford students. These unwritten abridgments to ACC’s written procedures severely impaired Saucier’s ability to defend himself.”

“They were puppets,” Saucier said of the panel that reviewed his case. “Any time I tried to read from their own policy book, they would stare at me with this bewildered, scared look and turn to the dean, who would tell them what to say. I think they were very uncomfortable with the position they were put into.”

The panel decided Saucier was guilty of all charges and placed him on probation, saying any future conduct violations would likely result in suspension or expulsion. After leaving ACC, Saucier contacted FIRE.

“We wrote a letter to ACC explaining our concerns, asking for more information and to correct anything we may not have understood,” FIRE’s Bonilla said. “We gave them several weeks to respond and after a while of hearing nothing, we figured they wanted to brush it under the rug, so we went to the next step of issuing a press release to show what they were trying to keep private.”

The school still hasn’t responded to multiple requests for comment from FIRE and The College Fix.