Fifth grader won a school competition, and was slated to give a speech - but denied after the principal found out his speech was about same-sex marriage. Here's the speech.

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    Jun 16, 2012 1:05 AM GMT


    Such a smart kid! His parents should be very proud!
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    Jun 16, 2012 1:13 AM GMT
    Trollileo saidThis kid's my hero.
    +1 million!
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    Jun 16, 2012 1:14 AM GMT
    That principle should be fired.
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    Jun 16, 2012 1:41 AM GMT
    http://www.shewired.com/soapbox/2012/06/15/ny-school-wont-allow-fifth-grader-read-award-winning-marriage-equality-speech
    A New York City fifth-grader who won a class competition with a speech endorsing marriage equality won’t be able to deliver it in the school-wide contest.

    If those are the facts then this is the height of hypocrisy. If the material was appropriate enough to accept for the contest, appropriate enough to award in the contest, then why not appropriate enough to read it?

    EDIT: possibly conflicting news?

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014144566
    Kameron Slade worked on his speech with his mother and his teacher after winning a class competition.

    So the speech was not what won the competition?

    Confused (and this again is why getting news off blogs sucks)

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    http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/nyc-principal-bans-5th-graders-winning-gay-marriage-speech/politics/2012/06/15/41531
    Rosedale, Queens, New York City elementary school principal Beryl Bailey has refused to allow a fifth-grade student to deliver a speech he wrote, examining same-sex marriage, to the rest of the school. The mother of fifth-grade student Kameron Slade says the principal told students they could choose any topic at all, and Slade won a competition in his class. Despite the fact that same-sex marriage is legal in New York state, the principal reportedly decided that the topic was off-limits.

    The school’s website says students today are delivering “Democracy Speeches,” apparently in an effort to not teach them about the importance of equality in a democracy.

    “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,” NY1, a local NYC TV news station, reports that Slade’s mother ”said the principal told her the topic is inappropriate,” and some parents interviewed called same-sex marriage “an adult conversation… [t]hat’s between a parent and a child.”

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


    School site: http://www.teacherweb.com/NY/PS195/SchoolHomePage/sdhp1.aspx
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    Jun 16, 2012 3:28 AM GMT
    Aww this made me smile n frown....
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    Jun 16, 2012 3:50 AM GMT
    TropicalMark said
    Trollileo saidThis kid's my hero.
    +1 million!

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    Bittersweet news.
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    Jun 16, 2012 6:25 PM GMT
    That lad is as smart as paint. We're lucky to have him on our side.

    However, on what basis came same-sex marriage possibly be an 'adult conversation'.

    This is one of the most persistent prejudices we have against us - that anything 'gay' is somehow prurient or seedy. Sigh.