Defying Pols, Maryland Students to Screen Porno
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2009 5:18 PM CDT
University of Maryland, College Park students.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – University of Maryland students plan to take in some porn tonight after a heated battle with school officials and state lawmakers, the Baltimore Sun reports. The school slated a screening of Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge—which recently showed at a University of California campus—last week, until legislators threatened to cut school funding. Now students have scheduled their own on-campus showing.

Before the film, students will hold a news conference and a discussion on free speech featuring an ACLU lawyer and several professors. “The legislators' response,” the lawyer said, “poses a huge threat to the integrity and independence” of the school. But state Sen. Andrew Harris still plans to ax funding if the flick shows. "Pornography is not fun; it's poison," he said earlier this week. "They want to get our kids hooked on pornography."