High School Jackboots Censor Valedictorian’s Speech — Do Not Say That Name!

Published on May 24, 2018

Three guesses what change they imposed on this Valedictorian’s Speech.

Usually, the reward for being Valedictorian is an opportunity to speak to your classmates in your own words.

If you had a sports hero, a friend, or a relative that had inspired you to rise to the top of your class, it would be perfectly natural to include that in your speech.

But don’t say THAT name.

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No, this isn’t a Trump-hating thing, either.

It’s a ‘Jesus’ thing.

Sam Blackledge was set to deliver the speech at West Prairie High School on May 19. According to the 18-year-old, school administrators informed him that he needed to take out anything that mentioned God and Jesus minutes before Blackledge was scheduled to go on stage.

“It was terrible. I felt like I wanted to cry,” the valedictorian said, via The Kansas City Star. “Christ is the only reason I was a valedictorian. He’s the reason I got that 4.0. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be up there. I was giving him the credit for that.”

Attorney Jeremy Dys of the non-profit legal group First Liberty Institute told reporters that the school didn’t even want Blackledge to speak, but eventually allowed the senior to give a “very generic” address.

The student’s attorney is accusing West Prairie High School of violating the boy’s rights regarding freedom of speech and religion. “They actually violated the Constitution. They’d do well to remember, as ‘Tinker v. Des Moines,’ the case in 1969, reminds us, that students do not shed their constitutional rights when they walk through the schoolhouse gates,” Dys told KFVS.
Source: CBS

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