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Texas high school silences Valedictorian's microphone during speech on Constitution, report says
Fox ^ | 06/08/13

Posted on 06/08/2013 7:45:18 AM PDT by AtlasStalled

A Texas high school silenced its Valedictorian’s microphone during his speech when he diverted from his pre-approved remarks and instead spoke about the Constitution.

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1 posted on 06/08/2013 7:45:18 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: AtlasStalled

Go head, make the argument we are not on a precipice of a totalitarian state.


2 posted on 06/08/2013 7:50:50 AM PDT by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: AtlasStalled

I guess that school authorities need to go to constitution class remediation.


3 posted on 06/08/2013 7:50:56 AM PDT by Paladin2 (;-))
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To: AtlasStalled

I probably support the young man’s views on the Constitution wholeheartedly; however, he was fully aware of the school’s rules and decided to shirk them. For his sake, I hope he learns to abide by rules more closely at Annapolis. Godspeed on his time there and in serving our country.


4 posted on 06/08/2013 7:51:44 AM PDT by NohSpinZone (First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers)
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To: AtlasStalled

My daughter is Valedictorian....she won’t let me write her speech....


5 posted on 06/08/2013 7:52:06 AM PDT by wny
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To: AtlasStalled

Government schools are training students that they have no freedom of speech if government officials do not approve of what they say, totally unconstitutional.

he Superintendent and principal and school board members should be taken to court over this.


6 posted on 06/08/2013 7:52:41 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: AtlasStalled

School District ordered to eliminate any reference to our Constitution by the Obama/Duncan Common Core Education Mandate?


7 posted on 06/08/2013 7:52:54 AM PDT by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: AtlasStalled

I’m sick of the pre approved speech crap.

Let the kids say what they want as long as its within reasonable common decency norms.


8 posted on 06/08/2013 7:53:38 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: AtlasStalled

What surprises me most is that this happened in Texas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


9 posted on 06/08/2013 7:54:08 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: NohSpinZone

There was a time I would have agreed with you but no longer.

As the left has taught us, there are time you need to “speak truth to power”

For the elite in this nation, only one view is protected speech, anything else is “hate speech”.

If you go along with their “rule” then you surrender your rights as a free person.

I applaud all those that are standing up to petty dictators in this nation.


10 posted on 06/08/2013 7:55:19 AM PDT by CIB-173RDABN (California does not have a money problem, it has a spending problem.)
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To: NohSpinZone
I despise rules-are-rules people. Rules are supposed to be in place to serve us, not control us. When rules subvert God given rights, those rules must be ignored and removed.

I certainly ignore plenty of stupid and petty rules, and live as a free man.

/johnny

11 posted on 06/08/2013 7:55:22 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: AtlasStalled

In Texas, of all places!!! And pursuant to “policy and procedure.”


12 posted on 06/08/2013 7:56:11 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: AtlasStalled

I told ya, Texas has an issue. Austin can not be contained.


13 posted on 06/08/2013 7:56:46 AM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: NohSpinZone

Fair to wonder if he offered his Constitution speech and it was rejected.


14 posted on 06/08/2013 7:56:54 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: AtlasStalled

Our Constitution is hate speech now?


15 posted on 06/08/2013 7:58:42 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: AtlasStalled
Plank ten of the Communist Manifesto is free public education, the reason being that government schools make indoctrination easier.

Quite a slick trick, actually. Take money from people at gunpoint in the name of education that they could have spent on their children's education, then the schools you provide are forbidden from teaching them what you believe, only what the government wants them to believe.

16 posted on 06/08/2013 7:58:44 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Forget it, Jake. It's Eric Holder's people.")
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To: ctdonath2

That is a pertinent question and I’d like to know that as well. If I were him, I’d submit his non-approved speech for publication in an editorial or a friendly blog — like this one.


17 posted on 06/08/2013 7:59:13 AM PDT by NohSpinZone (First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers)
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To: AtlasStalled

Even in Texas, government schools stink. Parents who care will find a way to avoid these indoctrination centers that scar their children. The sacrifices required are well worth it.


18 posted on 06/08/2013 7:59:29 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: AtlasStalled
Back when I graduated from high school at the rodeo arena in the local county fairgrounds, there was no such thing as "pre-approved remarks". Any kid who could make class valedictorian or be elected class president was automatically considered responsible enough to address a graduation audience.

I suppose if they had launched into some obscene tirade or something of the sort, the principal would have took it upon himself to cut off the mike, but that was about it.

I remember the class president/jock launching into what many of us thought was an inappropriate tirade against parents/students whom he felt didn't show sufficient support for high school athletics and team sports, but we figured that it was more or less balanced out by the class valedictorian whose talk included this tribute to Jesus Christ which put things into a more proper perspective.

19 posted on 06/08/2013 7:59:46 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: cableguymn

Looks like this was near Dallas.


20 posted on 06/08/2013 8:01:19 AM PDT by txhurl (RNC 'voter suppression': attempting to limit each voter to ONE vote!)
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To: AtlasStalled

Typical liberal moves. If you don’t like what you are hearing you silence it. They want to tell you how they want things and ban or silence what they don’t like. Terrible.


21 posted on 06/08/2013 8:01:58 AM PDT by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: NohSpinZone

This is not a blog.


22 posted on 06/08/2013 8:03:13 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: AtlasStalled

The person who silenced the mic. should be fired. I do not care what the rules are. If we lack the courage to break stupid rules like these, it will be absolutely be the end of this country. We will get what we deserve and our children will spit on our grave for it.


23 posted on 06/08/2013 8:04:10 AM PDT by formosa
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To: AtlasStalled

I think anyone in the audience can bring suit. The right to “Hear” what someone is saying is covered under the First Amendment. I forget the complete Supremem Court cite...Va. Pharmacy v. something.


24 posted on 06/08/2013 8:04:20 AM PDT by ryderann
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

The PC people that silence the patriots who speak about the Constitution will wish they hadn’t once those onstitutional rights have been stripped. It’s coming.


25 posted on 06/08/2013 8:04:30 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: ican'tbelieveit

Fine, “forum”. Happy now?


26 posted on 06/08/2013 8:04:40 AM PDT by NohSpinZone (First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers)
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To: AtlasStalled

I am not kidding this time... People need to be horsewhipped over this crap.


27 posted on 06/08/2013 8:04:51 AM PDT by HMS Surprise (Chris Christie can STILL go straight to hell)
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To: txrefugee

it’s not just public schools. There is a very big push to turn Texas back into a blue state. Many parts of it already are. I lived in San Antonio for 6 years and honestly am happy to be gone (except for missing fabulous TexMex) Castro is doing his best to turn the city of the Alamo into a liberal mecca of dependency that can be counted on for democratic votes.


28 posted on 06/08/2013 8:05:18 AM PDT by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: AtlasStalled

Would have been way cool if somebody in the crowd tossed him a big honking bullhorn megaphone.


29 posted on 06/08/2013 8:05:34 AM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: CIB-173RDABN

Amen. We have allowed the left to define the debate for far too long. They have been far to successful in overreaching and seeing us meet them “midway.”


30 posted on 06/08/2013 8:05:38 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: JRandomFreeper

Amen, Johnny.


31 posted on 06/08/2013 8:05:42 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: NohSpinZone
Prior-reviewed material where you trap the child who scored the best in academia achievements defeats the purpose of academia/speech in the first place.

The convoluted “censor” requirements deserves all kinds of civil disobedience in the public forum, especially from a guy who will risk his life defending what he wants to speak about passionately.

Senseless laws should be met with pinpoint ridicule, read your own tag line, lol.
32 posted on 06/08/2013 8:07:17 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: CIB-173RDABN

If he had wanted to speak on diversity or tolerance then I’m sure he would have been praised by school officials and the volume on the mic turned up.

If I were him I would have used the opportunity to talk much much louder after they turned the mic off to show how what they were doing is precisely what the Constitution forbids.

The government cannot hand someone a mic and then turn it off based on content or viewpoint discrimination.

I’m sick of the “rules are rules” crowd. No! The Constitution IS THE RULES when it comes to government conduct towards the citizens that its power is derived from. Screw these people! I would sue their ass in a heartbeat if they did this to my son.

Only if he went off in such a way as to breech the peace or other unprotected “speech” should they be able to do this.


33 posted on 06/08/2013 8:10:13 AM PDT by Clump ( the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: NohSpinZone

Yeah, because rules are more important than principles.


34 posted on 06/08/2013 8:13:01 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: cripplecreek
The problem is;
We sit and determine things based on OUR perspective and reality .. which is 40 plus years OLDER than a high school grad with memories that the grad WILL NEVER experience or know about, thus;

In the sixties "they" were afraid of the Abbie Hoffman's and the black raised fist salute ... today, it is conceivable Achmed calling for the triggering of the bombs that are under the gowns.


But in fairness to your comment .. I would like all speeches to be whqatever the valedictorian wants to say ... he/she didn't GET to be Valedictorian by being a radical and stupid.

35 posted on 06/08/2013 8:14:50 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I can't prove it, but they're true)
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To: AtlasStalled

Well so much for Texas being the greatest state to move to.


36 posted on 06/08/2013 8:16:00 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: bandleader

Any well run place (usually leaning right) will be prosperous, drawing in many from the poorly run places (i.e. California) who hope to do well...problem is, the newcomers bring in their old style politics (which caused the problem in the first place), infecting the new place with the old crap.


37 posted on 06/08/2013 8:16:44 AM PDT by Imnidiot (This space for Rent)
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To: AtlasStalled

Don’t mess with Texas.


38 posted on 06/08/2013 8:17:16 AM PDT by Old Yeller
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To: AtlasStalled

Obviously the school powers that be understand neither the Constitution nor its First Amendment.


39 posted on 06/08/2013 8:17:27 AM PDT by lightman (Buzzed and buggered bath house Barry: the Benghazi bungler.)
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To: AtlasStalled

Went to my brothers college grad and remember the speaker glorifying liberalism...guess that’s the only speech ok in academia. A student can’t mention how God and the Constitution influenced life.
Sad!


40 posted on 06/08/2013 8:17:55 AM PDT by RginTN
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To: JRandomFreeper

Well said.


41 posted on 06/08/2013 8:18:32 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: NohSpinZone

“SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER.”

Pinciples trump “rules”’every time.

The ONLY way to abolish PC group think is to SPEAK AGAINST IT AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY!


42 posted on 06/08/2013 8:20:49 AM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (G-d be with and keep safe the Benghazi Whistleblowers)
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To: bandleader

> What surprises me most is that this happened in Texas!

Why are you surprised?

The government school collective is run by the same machine virtually throughout the country.

With notably few exceptions, the teachers have been thoroughly indoctrinated in the collectivist statist worldview.

Almost all school collectives are run by the same unions.

Fedzilla’s Department of Education distributes money and regulations to all school collectives throughout the country.

You see, the “public school” has become the Bus Ministry of the State Church of Humanism.

The “public school”, including the “charter school”, is BY FAR, the largest, most expensive, most subversive, and most destructive entitlement program in the country.

The “public school” is better understood as the “government school collective”.

It is silly to imagine that you can fix the public schools, because the very concept itself is collectivist.

It is hypocritical to submit your children to an authority with whom you fundamentally disagree. Children do not trust hypocrites, so this will undermine your own authority, let alone influence, with your children.

Any child that comes out of the government school collective with their moral compass and common sense intact does so in spite of the government school indoctrination, not because of it.

To understand the content and compass of modern education, see ...
http://www.scribd.com/doc/54400125/Change-Agents-in-the-Schools-Barbara-Morris-1979

If you want to win the culture war, have lots of children (see my tagline) and homeschool them or form your own school cooperative with your church or synagogue and like-minded friends and relatives.

Nobody loves your children more than you do.

Nobody can teach your children better than you can.

Nobody knows your children better than you do.

Your children would love nothing better than to be taught by you, if you start doing so before they are corrupted by the government school collective.

If you have children, make whatever sacrifices you must to get them out of the public schools.

DO NOT FEED THE BEAST!

Especially not with your own children.

And DO NOT TAKE GOVERNMENT “EDUCATION” MONEY!

He that pays the piper calls the tune, and that’s especially true for any government entitlement program.


43 posted on 06/08/2013 8:23:09 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Fzob

This gets back to the old statement that “all politics is local.” This, apparently more ominously, translates to “all problems with Freedom is local.”

What really needs to happen to effect meaningful change, what really needs to happen I cannot say here.


44 posted on 06/08/2013 8:23:44 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: NohSpinZone

Some rules don’t deserve to be followed just like unlawful orders.

Sometimes no rules deserve to be followed.


45 posted on 06/08/2013 8:27:48 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: NohSpinZone

“however, he was fully aware of the school’s rules and decided to shirk them. For his sake, I hope he learns to abide by rules more closely at Annapolis.”

I hope he continues to revere the Constitution, and say “to hell with the so-called ‘rules’ “ when he gets to Annapolis.

Rules like this are for communists and tyrants. The Constitution is for free men. Silencing speakers is for wimps, p*ssies, and the LGBT crowd. Sounds like they were ready for him. Also sounds like you’d fit right in at that High School - maybe as a hall monitor. Grow a pair.


46 posted on 06/08/2013 8:28:24 AM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: AtlasStalled

What do you expect in Texas?


47 posted on 06/08/2013 8:31:52 AM PDT by BobL (To us it's a game, to them it's personal - therefore they win.)
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To: AtlasStalled

Hmmm. This doesn’t appear all that straight forward. The school officials may be trying to enforce some level of decorum considering the audience may have family members including younger children as well as parents. Can you imagine someone launching into a tirade of obscenities just for the hell of it? Would the speech this young man gave have been approved if he had submitted it? Was the speech censored because of the topic or because he did not follow rules that may actually be reasonable considering the venue?

I wouldn’t be so hasty to condemn the school officials since there are too many unknowns and too much speculation about motives.


48 posted on 06/08/2013 8:32:03 AM PDT by trubolotta
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To: NohSpinZone

The “follow the rules” days are over my FRiend. We are now engaged in a war to try to save the Constitution. We need young men and women who are willing to put their lives, their careers, their future on the line to battle the forces of evil which are bent on destroying this nation.

I do not believe any valedictorian should be submitting their speech to the government for “approval”. Not in this poisoned atmosphere.

They can shut off his mike, but he earned the right to speak his own mind.

We are at war my FRiend. The time for blindly following the rules is over. Either we fight with all the tools at our disposal or we surrender.


49 posted on 06/08/2013 8:35:21 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds.)
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To: bandleader

There is an effort in Texas don’t kid yourself. If Texas goes blue . . .


50 posted on 06/08/2013 8:35:26 AM PDT by stanne
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