Skip to comments.Texas high school silences Valedictorian's microphone during speech on Constitution, report says
Posted on 06/08/2013 7:45:18 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
A Texas high school silenced its Valedictorians microphone during his speech when he diverted from his pre-approved remarks and instead spoke about the Constitution.
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In fact, he may pay heavily for this "exercise of a free right". He willfully disregarded the rules for his own aggrandizement, and Annapolis and the Navy are all about rules.
One could wonder after this indiscretion (there were more efficient ways to achieve his goals) whether the Navy will trust him enough to make him an officer.
So why should the speeches of the smartest people in their high school classes need to be reviewed and pro-approved? Don’t want the other students to get any independent thoughts in their heads, I suppose.
While our laws are quite uniform in Texas since we don’t have “home rule” (thank God)- the conservative nature of the state varies from county to county.
For the most part this IS indeed a conservative state. The problem (regarding schos) is that nanny state “conservatives” are on the school boards (a few exceptions).
I live in a county that went about 70% against Ozero both times, but the school board here won’t even entertain arming teachers or faculty members (even though state law already gives them authority to do so).
This past school year I worked very hard to have our kids’ private school set reasonable policies and procedures to allow faculty and parents with CHLs to carry at school and they ended up approving just a few non teacher faculty members and NO parents.
This despite the fact that I was on a 6 person security committe and it took me three months to get a couple of people on it to secure a unanimous recommendation to the Board.
Not to mention that we directly pay for their salaries and building, etc.
I worked numerous hours on this providing legal counsel with no charge. All I wanted was a safe place for my kids and a school to refect in its policies the values we cherish at home.
The Board shot down our recommendation in a single meeting (closed off to the committee)/”.
I promptly j formed them my kids would be home schooled next year.
Texas? THIS HAPPENED IN TEXAS? What happened to whiskey for my men and beer for my horses? Did those Tennesseans die for Texas at the Alamo for nothing? Are you going to let these mealy-mouthed liberals destroy your values without a fight? Texas was my hope, my “city on the hill”. If Texas doesn’t stand up our whole country is in the crapper.
Congrats to you! Seeing as how you follow and post on FR and your daughter seems to have smarts and a conservative upbringing, I'm sure she's capable of producing a speech that would make us all proud. Fear not.
To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.
Or what you are not allowed to talk about.
Killing this speech of freedom is yet another example of what seeps and flows down hill from those who ran a successful coup against our Republic. How do you like it so far?
I guess we didn't like freedom as much as our ancestors did and traded it for new ownership and some free stuff. I wonder if the rest of us will miss it.
We haven't been formally introduced. What is the name of the GuvCo oligarchy Beast that now owns US and pulls our fashionably new chains?
No, the rule was to not deviate from the approved speech. He knew the rule but did anyway. The mic was turned off. In another article his friend agreed this had nothing to do with the Constitution but that he broke the rule. If his original speech had been about the Constitution, everything might have been fine. Schools can’t have kids go off on whatever in front of thousands in the audience. If I was the speech approval honcho, I wouldn’t care what the kid wanted to speak about as long as it is within the bounds of decency but let him go off and I’m pulling the plug pronto.
The school’s microphone, the school’s forum, the school’s approval. If the kid didn’t like what he agreed to then he should let someone else do the speech.
It doesn’t surprise me at all. Texans are so proud of their state and their ‘freedom’ that they won’t allow criticism or comments that point out that they’re loosing them. They didn’t protect what they had, assuming that it’ll always be there, and it’s going up in smoke.
I’ve never met such a large group of hard-heads in my life.
Did the speech police censor the speech before he gave it? As in, did he give them a copy of his US Constitution speech and they nixed it? Has he published his approved and his unapproved speeches anywhere online?
United Socialist States of America
Rules are rules.
Calling FR a blogand a case can certainly be made that at least part of FR functions as a blogreally brings out serious animosity in some folks. It’s kind of the FR version of PC.
Texas has been blue, and it will be blue again as soon as amnesty passes.
When the mike goes off, just speak louder.
Make them drag you off/.
‘One could wonder after this indiscretion (there were more efficient ways to achieve his goals) whether the Navy will trust him enough to make him an officer.’
If the Navy doesn’t want this young man, then to hell with the Navy. They’ll do just fine with fags and rejects.
Wake up. It's time for all good patriots to begin breaking rules that run counter to our guaranteed freedoms and liberties.
The civil order is a mirage. The left is at war with us, and fully intends to eradicate us and our way of life from the face of the earth. Break a few ridiculous rules now, or fight for your very life later. Your choice.
Communist Goals (1963) Congressional Record—Appendix, pp. A34-A35 January 10, 1963
#17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
Breaking ridiculous and unjust rules is what freedom is about.
Bless your heart...
We are closer to Germany circa 1936 than we are to America circa 1957.
I suppose you haven't noticed that every one of our government institutions has turned full blown Commie in the last five years.
What is the point of obeying rules and regulations that strangle and prohibit the foundational freedoms and liberties that our ancestors fought, died, and suffered to win for us?
Would you be so supportive if the valdictorian's speech was pro-homosexuality and called for support of same sex marriages?
I would, even though I strongly disagree. I believe in a free exchange of ideas. Ideas either stand or fall on their own merit in such an environment.
That is what freedom is about. Censorship is a tool of totalitarian states.
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Yep...figured it would be Austin.
Wrong. We the taxpaying public pay for all of that, and it's there to serve our interests, not some cabal of Commie bureaucrats.
This is exactly what's wrong with the people's relationship with their government. We've become their servants, and they, our masters.
Wrong, wrong, wrong!
“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.”
But what if this was some kid that got up to proclaim their support for gay marriage and how proud they are to be bisexual?
Do you have some fundamental disagreement with the 1st Amendment?
Of course they would!
Because “unjust” rules that “violate the constitution” need to be broken*!!!
*Like lying to the school officials that may have just let him make the speech. We have no idea if they ever saw it. But we do know they require a copy of it beforehand, and he decided that that was crap because he has a constitutional right to use the valedictorian’s speech for whatever he wants...because that’s in the constitution somewhere.
Communist School District Alert!!!!!!
What is their contact info?
Do you have some issue with this kid not being honest from the start?
He wasn’t. So I need to applaud him for being a liar because I like the subject he decided to go off on?
No one “censored” this speech. They cut the mike when he decided to not do the speech that was agreed upon. If he disliked the setup then he could have just said “I’m not doing the speech”.
Here’s some info...
310 E. 18th Street Joshua, TX 76058
Phone: 817-202-2500 or 817-426-7500 Fax: 817-641-2738
It’s hard even for us, to admit that we are already in a totalitarian state. We were taught as kids that this was the land of the free and that freedoms were guaranteed by the constitution.
I no longer have that illusion.
No one censored this speech. They cut the mike when he decided to not do the speech that was agreed upon. If he disliked the setup then he could have just said Im not doing the speech.
Depends on what he said
how far off his remarks did he go?
seriously,,to be edited that closely does not bother you? You believe in not allowing an extemporaneous thought or remark? I’m sure he didn’t have the phrase “they threatened to cut my mic if I go off my speech” in his speech,,so,,he was not supposed to expose that...you are all about confirming and behaving? Wow,,you must have gone to public school
He willfully disregarded the rules for his own aggrandizement
What aggrandizement? He exposed the threat the district made to him and then they cut his mic.....
you call that aggrandizement.
Obama must love you!
I agree. In fact, regardless that the student started talking about the Constitution, Fx's title for this article is misleading, imo. This is because this wasn't really an attack on the Constitution as evidenced by the fair warning about deviating from approved speech regardless of material.
“Would you be so supportive if the valdictorian’s speech was pro-homosexuality and called for support of same sex marriages? “
YESSSSSS!!! Unequivocally yes I would support his right to give that speech and let him deal with the responsibility and consequences of it. Millions have DIED supporting that right.
What is WRONG with you?!!!!!
“They cut the mike when he decided to not do the speech that was agreed upon”
Talking about the Constitution. Oooooh!!! Cut the mic, cut the mic!!!!! :-)
Yeah, we got a problem ... too many immigrants - from south of the border and from within our own country.
“This is because this wasn’t really an attack on the Constitution as evidenced by the fair warning about deviating from approved speech regardless of material. “
Are you insane??? YOu must be.. So,, if I WARN you that you will not abllowed to exercise your constitutional right to free speech,,and you DO exercise it and I PUNISH you,,,then you are going to say your constitutional right was not violated? Really?
Wow. Just wow.
Are some people here this off that they are reduced to making it seem like a student that could not follow pre-agreed rules is now like Sam Adams?
No it “does not bother me”. He was aware of the setup. He decided to go off of it after he agreed to it. He therefore got cut off.
“you are all about confirming and behaving”
Yeah, expecting the same students 99% of FR bitches about being so wild and disrespectful, to actually be just that (regardless of their political views)is REALLY all about being some PS drone?
So when some kid gets on stage to go off on some speech WE DONT AGREE WITH, I completely expect the same people applauding this to keep their mouths firmly shut.
What do you think the reaction would have been if the kid deviated from his planned remarks with some leftist-approved drivel? Do you really think this was about 'rules'?
Guarantee you, this was about the subject matter, and the fact that the government drones consider it the worst sort of hate speech.
Young people are starting to understand what's happening... they're moving to our side.
i would really like to see a video of the event
****No, the rule was to not deviate from the approved speech.****
If the school has the ability to monitor the speech and shut off the microphone, then of what use is the approval of speeches?
****The schools microphone, the schools forum, the schools approval.****
If the school has the ability to monitor the speech and shut off the microphone, then of what use is the approval of speeches?
There is nothing in my post that would reasonably lead you to suppose that.
I have watched our government turn 1917 Red since the middle 60's. You and I no doubt agree the trend continues apace.
In fact, lets start using the term 1917 Red in order to reverse the Red-Blue political description that was foisted on us by a PC, agenda-driven MSM. Do you think it adopted that scheme by accident, or by design?
I read your About Page and do not disagree with anything you wrote. Suggest you read mine and see if you would continue to "suppose".
If you re-read my most recent post, you will note I did not disparage his behavior in the slightest. My point was that he picked a potentially self-defeating and inefficient time to launch an attack, while at the same time demonstrating a serious disregard of rules.
Quite different if he had been accepted into one of the Ivy League institutions. Not very smart or discrete behavior, however, for an applicant to the USNA where one is required and expected to stringently conform to the rules 24/7 for several years.
As you may know, while military officers are graded on their initiative, they are usually downgraded on their reckless disregard of established rules and procedures.
I hope we have a chance to follow this saga. If they indeed let him in (perhaps only to avoid negative PR), he may well receive extra scrutiny to assure he is capable of following rules
such that induce him to give it up after the first few weeks