Now that University of Michigan student Chris Armstrong has dropped his restraining order request against Michigan Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell, Shirvell’s attorney has threatened to sue the school if it does not lift Shirvell’s ban from campus.
The University of Michigan had banned Shirvell after he repeatedly harassed Armstrong on campus and on his blog for being gay. Shirvell wrote on his blog that Armstrong, who is student body president, has a “radical homosexual agenda.”A hearing was scheduled for yesterday over Armstrong’s request for a restraining order, but he said he dropped the request because Shirvell “has not contacted me since service of the petition on him.”
Juliana Keeping of AnnArbor.com reports that Shirvell’s attorney Philip Thomas says that now that the request has been dropped the school’s ban should be as well: “In the matter concerning the appeal of the trespass, we want that withdrawn. He should be able to go onto that campus for whatever reason. It’s legal as long as what he’s doing is legal, and he’s not threatening in any way.”
Thomas says if the ban isn’t lifted Shirvell will most likely sue the school.
Shirvell is expected to return to work at the Attorney General’s office next week, and will face a hearing with his superiors.