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Florida governor wants to protect partying students from punishment amid COVID-19

He’s going to fight for their “rights” to party.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he wants to seek a “bill of rights” to protect college students from being expelled for partying hearty during the coronavirus pandemic.

DeSantis on Thursday called policies that punish social students for defying rules that limit the size of gatherings “draconian” while appearing at a virtual public health roundtable.

“I understand that universities are trying to do the right thing, but I personally think its dramatically draconian that a student could get potentially expelled for going to a party. That’s what college kids do,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis didn’t provide more details about his proposed “bill of rights” or whether he would try to pass it as an executive order.

But he said that he believes that social distancing rules should focus on protecting the state’s most vulnerable residents, the elderly population.

“I just think that we’ve got to be reasonable about this and really focus the efforts on where the most significant risk is,” he said.

His remarks came after Florida State University announced last week that it would suspend students for going to large gatherings, news station WESH reported.

Police arrested seven students last month on charges of providing alcohol to people underage at an open house party that broke the college’s rules to prevent the spread of the virus, news station WFLA reported.

With Post wires

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