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WALWORTH COUNTY -- A college student and veteran faces possible discipline after calling out another student for allegedly making up stories about serving in the Marines. This is happening at George Williams College in Williams Bay, where school officials say they're trying to sort out last week's confrontation in the school's cafeteria.

Ryan Lonergan

Ryan Lonergan

Over the past few days, Ryan Lonergan has spent less time than usual at George Williams College.

"They banned me from campus unless I have class," said Lonergan.

It is school policy for students awaiting a disciplinary hearing. Lonergan, who served in the Wisconsin Army National Guard, says his offense was loudly confronting another student he said was lying about serving in the military.

"For someone to steal the integrity of what men and women do for this country, it's un-American and I wasn't going to have it," said Lonergan.

In the cafeteria last Tuesday, Lonergan says the other student approached him and told stories of his time as an officer in the Marines. Lonergan says he knew something was off when the other student couldn't answer a basic navigation question.

"He couldn't properly identify what the GPS was called. So that's where I was like, 'If you were an officer, you would know this like the back of your hand.' It's second nature," said Lonergan.

Lonergan admits he was not exactly polite.

"My voice was raised. I said some expletives to him," said Lonergan.

But Lonergan said he was surprised to receive a letter from the school notifying him it had set a judicial hearing for an alleged case of disorderly conduct.


A statement from the college reads as follows:

"Regarding the case of Mr. Lonergan, no disciplinary decisions have been made at this time. Based on a concern that was brought to the university's attention, we are currently gathering all sides of the story in accordance with our student code of conduct. We hope to resolve this matter in the near future."

Lonergan says he likes his school and is hoping they will understand why he confronted the other student.

George Williams College"I feel they could've done it a whole different way," said Lonergan.

FOX6 News attempts to find the other student in this confrontation were unsuccessful.

The disciplinary hearing was originally set for Tuesday, October 13th -- but later canceled.

Stolen valor is both a federal and state crime. However, that is only if the person claiming to be a veteran uses it to try to get benefits.

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  • R

    An actual vet is banned from campus while one lying and claiming to be one can still freely go to class.

    Only in Liberal America, folks!

    • Robert Bohannon

      There are proper and adult ways to handle any disagreement. He obviously didn’t handle it in a proper way. Being smart and proper is being liberal.

      • R

        Pretending to be an armed service member is not a disagreement. It’s a slap in the face to people who have spilled blood, sweat and tears for their country. Liberal stupidity at it’s finest.

      • David Right-Winger Medzyk

        As a combat Vet, I think Ryan handled exactly right. Claiming to be a Veteran, he deserves any and all the nasty replies thrown his way. The little turd wanted attention…and got it in spades. He should be thanking his lucky stars that Ryan didn’t pound his face into the nearest floor, for being a lying dickwad.

        As for you, your reply here simply proves all the more that Ryan was correct in his action. Self centered little girls like you will never understand the military life we lived, loved, and sacrificed our blood, limbs, and lives for. The most dangerous decision you will ever make for the rest of your life, will be deciding to watch Jersey Shore, or the Kardashians.

  • h

    Shame on George Williams College for banning this vet and not confronting and punishing the liar. This is horrible! This is a vet who has served our country and has done nothing wrong other than raising his voice and cursing. Punish the liar not the vet. Vets need to be respected and treated with respect . Reconsider and let him attend college for the love of God. `

  • Opinion8d

    What an outrage!!! Typical liberal administrators who would rather punish a true American than confront some sissy who lies and misrepresents himself to be veteran.

  • Fred

    The lying loser who claimed to have served is lucky he didn’t get more than a tongue lashing. I find it moist dispicable that someone would make up stories claiming to have served….seems to me the liar has issues with a very small appendage……….
    And the school should ban the lying loser from campus permanently….but the liberal agenda won’t let that happen because these days it’s perfectly acceptable to claim to be anything we choose to be.

    • Reasonless

      He should have kicked his A$$.
      Probably wouldn’t have gotten in much more trouble, and the problem would have been solved.

  • Bobby walker

    This is complete B.S.. Ban a combat veteran for stopping an imposter. That student was breaking State and Federal laws, but he is allowed to stay. Everyone in the Military community should ban this school.

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