One of America’s brightest students is getting a lesson in censorship and how a totalitarian society works.
The student is valedictorian Savannah Lefler, a senior at John Glenn High School in Michigan.
Recently, she submitted a draft for the ‘Honors Night’ speech. Her submission was quickly criticized and rejected by school officials. The honors student was told her own speech had too much Christianity in it.
The school’s principal responded, in part, by suggesting Lefler’s speech wasn’t inclusive enough of other faiths.
“We have a diverse student body and staff. It is one of the things I love about the John Glenn community,” said principal Michael Wegher at the end of last month.
“That diversity goes well beyond race and ethnicity, it certainly would include religious beliefs as well. We have students and staff who would identify as Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindi, Sikh, Jehovah’s Witness, atheist, etc. We must be inclusive and respectful of their beliefs as well,” Wegher said.
“With this said, we do need to see a revision that sticks to a non-secular [sic] approach. I am not opposed to thanking God for the great honor bestowed upon you, but we cannot take the approach that is currently laid out in your speech.”Fox News
The student now has legal representation from First Liberty – who is hammering the point home that according to U.S. Department of Education guidance, graduation speeches are not communications from the school or on behalf of the school – graduation talks are considered private and, therefore, constitutionally protected.