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Old 15th Jun 2012, 11:47 AM   #1
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Default School Prohibits Fifth-Grader From Giving Speech On Same-Sex Marriage

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Kameron Slade worked on his speech with his mother and his teacher after winning a class competition. He was slated to deliver it in a school-wide contest at PS 195.

That's no longer going to happen. His mother, who doesn't want to be identified, said the principal told her the topic is inappropriate.

"For him to be denied the right to voice his opinion really upsets me," she said.

"I was really looking forward to it," Kameron said. "I thought that this was a real good winning speech for tomorrow."

Kameron's mother said he was told to choose any topic, so he chose same-sex marriage. But on Wednesday, the principal said he should write another speech or be removed from the contest.

"She said that people have different opinions on it and that some parents may not want their children to learn about this type of topic," Kameron said.

Kameron's speech calls for acceptance and tolerance. It describes his mother's explanation of the issue and his impression of his mother's friends who are gay...



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Old 15th Jun 2012, 12:56 PM   #2
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Stupid principal. I hope that speech gets out there somehow.
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Old 15th Jun 2012, 04:26 PM   #3
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This is probably an issue that if the ACLU gets involved, the principal would lose. In this case, I think it's fear and bigotry (and a fear of conflict) that's causing the principal to wimp out. I hope they fight it.
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Ironically, I think this could easily be linked to the other thread where the kid who wore the anti-gay T-Shirt wasn't allowed to do so. It's just an example of why Free Speech is such a critical part of the United States. It protects everyone, and keeps the government from picking sides.

The school is clearly in the wrong here, and they are violating his First Amendment Rights.
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It's funny. He was told to choose any topic, then after his hard work he's told "any topic but that". I agree with Chip, they should fight it. He won a contest, so let him speak about what he wants to.
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I really hope that they fight this. It is not right that he is not allowed to give his speech.
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Definitely should fight it
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I'm not a lawyer, but given that the speech would have been read as part of a contest held by the school, on school time- not his free time- is it considered a First Amendment right?

I don't think there's anything the school could do to prevent him from reading it aloud during recess, or printing it out and distributing it around the school, though.

Ultimately, I think the school is being immature here- the problem is obviously that it's about same-sex mariage, and refusing to let him read it simply because other people might not agree.
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Whatever happened to freedom of thought and expression?!
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That's silly and clearly does violate 1st Amendment rights. What trash.
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Very unfortunate. He prepared an extremely relevant topic, one that EVERYBODY talks about.
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There's an update!

He is now allowed to give the speech.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/06/...will-go-ahead/
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Yay!
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