Sebastian Walsh, 19, has been suspended from his social work degree at the University of Central Lancashire after his comments about immigration and Halal meat resulted in multiple complaints.
According to national press reports this week, a social work student who claimed the National Health Service should not be free to use for immigrants and debated about the ‘Islamisation’ of the United Kingdom has been kicked out of his course at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN).
Sebastian Walsh, of Wigan, is reported to have expressed his controversial opinions on immigration during social work seminars and, after multiple complaints about his behaviour, UCLAN have decided to suspend him from his studies.
During discussions in his seminar classes, the 19-year-old social work student is reported to have:
Branded halal meat ‘barbaric’ and ‘inhumane’
Told friends he would never eat at Subway or KFC due to the way their animals are slaughtered
Lamented the “Islamisation” of the United Kingdom
Claimed the NHS should not be free to immigrants
Sebastian describes himself as a “free speech advocate” and has said:
“All I did was voice my opinions during debates about immigration.
“I am totally against halal meat because I think it’s cruel – it’s an inhumane and barbaric way of slaughtering animals.
“In another seminar class, we had a discussion about the privatisation of the NHS and I simply said I don’t think free healthcare should be available to immigrants.
“These are views held by many people in the public and I believe I should be able to express them freely.
“I feel completely victimised by my university.”
“Freedom of speech is a human right and I am determined to stand by this.
“I will be fighting the university’s decision on this to make sure others aren’t punished for their opinions in future.”
UKIP Treasurer Neil Graham said: “What has concerned me and many other members of our party is that this young boy is being denied his education for simply expressing his opinion.
“Whether Sebastian is right or wrong, he should be able to voice his views in a university classroom and we believe passionately in his right to do so.
“To paraphrase John Stewart Mill, nobody has the right to silence somebody’s opinion.”
Mr Graham also pointed to the recently released Government document that is meant to protect the free speech of students and staff within higher education and allow people like Sebastian to freely express his views.
UCLAN have told Sebastian that he can return to his social work studies in September 2019, as long as he takes part in a diversity awareness training course and signs a good conduct agreement.
A spokesperson from the university explained their stance that: “UCLAN is proud to host a campus community comprised of many cultures, faiths, nationalities and beliefs.
“It values this rich diversity and takes seriously its responsibility to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all.
“The University promotes lawful, open debate, the discussion of varying views and academic freedom and has in place robust procedures to ensure this can take place.
“In this case, a number of official complaints were made by students regarding a series of offensive and inappropriate comments made by Sebastian Walsh during lectures and seminars.
“We cannot divulge the actual comments made by Sebastian as they formed part of a confidential investigation.
“However, they clearly breached a number of the University’s conduct regulations, including those relating to harassment and bringing the University into disrepute.
“In line with our official procedures, an investigation ensued, and a disciplinary hearing took place.
“The student has been temporarily suspended for the remainder of the academic year and is aware that on the successful completion of a diversity training course, he will be able to resume his studies.”
Alongside the time spent on his social work studies and sharing views on immigration, Sebastian has been active in his role as the young independent ambassador for Wigan UKIP. In this video he explains his recent involvement in two out of three fly tipping clean up events held in and around the Frog Lane area of Wigan.