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    School Withholds Student's Diploma After He Gives Unsanctioned Graduation Speech

    When Marvin Wright gave a speech at his North Carolina high schoolgraduation last week, it was not the address school administrators had told him to deliver — and he says the school initially withheld his diploma because of it.

    Wright, the senior class president at Southwest Edgecombe High School, said he was surprised and disappointed on the day of his graduation when school administrators gave him prepared remarks to read instead of the speech he had written.

    At the podium, Wright, 18, ignored the folder that contained the school's remarks and pulled out his phone to read his own, after receiving encouragement from his classmates and teachers.
    Marvin Wright's Highschool Diploma Withheld For Not Giving Assigned Graduation Speech | Essence.com

    good for you Mr. Wright. It's understandable that a school would want to review any speech before it's given at a graduation. But the speech that was given was not in any way objectionable. So then, the only reason this student was punished was for refusing to read a prepared speech that was given to him ,without warning, on the day of his graduation. The good news is the punishment was soon rejected by the superintendent. But, by then the damage had already been done.
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    Yeah...that's bullshit. First of all, the diploma isn't dependent on the speech. He earned the diploma through a process entirely separate from the speech. That's a lawsuit. And as for what happened with the speech, it was foolish for them to approve him as their graduation speaker and then not let him deliver the speech he'd prepared. Once you give someone a podium, you can't control what they say. This silly student government thing--they should just put a stop to it. We know they don't have any actual power and the whole thing is a drama exercise, but students should be able to vote for the person to deliver their class's speech.

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    And what's with giving him these "prepared remarks" the morning of the day he was to deliver them?
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    doesn't seem like he's interested in a lawsuit because he's already enlisted in the Navy. But the school should really reconsider their practices nevertheless. Maybe the parents could sue. It is their son and they were denied seeing their son graduate with the rest of the class. His mom told him to go with his heart. Then the schooled punished him for doing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the watchman View Post
    doesn't seem like he's interested in a lawsuit because he's already enlisted in the Navy. But the school should really reconsider their practices nevertheless. Maybe the parents could sue. It is their son and they were denied seeing their son graduate with the rest of the class. His mom told him to go with his heart. Then the schooled punished him for doing it.
    Assuming he's now got his diploma, he's got no suit. There's no actual loss. But seems like the administration needs some education.
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    This was a great speech. probably much better than the one the school admin prepared.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasselas View Post
    And what's with giving him these "prepared remarks" the morning of the day he was to deliver them?
    No shit! Even if he had been inclined to acquiesce, there's virtually no time to prepare or practice.
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    It was a great speech. The tone of Superintendent John Farrelly's statement suggests that those responsible will receive a reprimand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasselas View Post
    Assuming he's now got his diploma, he's got no suit. There's no actual loss. But seems like the administration needs some education.
    he doesn't appear to be pursuing any lawsuit. As I said. If his parents are there's no reporting on that. When you made the comments about the lawsuit I began wondering if the parents might. That's their son. They are very proud. No doubt that was a moment that could have been cherished. Yet they were robbed of it because their son was denied a diploma. Of course, I'm not a lawyer nor do I have any inside information on whether the parents are so inclined. But, my laymen thinking is they were embarrassed publicly, infliction of emotional distress, stuff like that. Why did you think there were ground for a lawsuit?
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    He shouldn't have put that three letter word near the top. they saw that and stopped reading.
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