Valedictorian has speech censored by Vermont high school

June 17, 2011 06:14

Christian student and valedictorian Kyle Gearwar wanted fellow students to hear how God had changed his life but anti-Christian school officials said no.

by Terri Hallenbeck at Burlington Free Press


Kyle Gearwar, valedictorian of his class at Fair Haven Union High School, stood before his classmates, family and friends Friday night to deliver half the speech he’d written for his graduation ceremony. He had the other half, he told the crowd, but he’d been told he could not read it.

He wanted to talk about how God had changed his life. School officials said no.

“I have always dreamed of speaking about God in front of my school as the valedictorian,” he said in his speech. “This was the message God gave to me, and I am not allowed to share it with you even though it is my testimony, the most important change my life has ever experienced, and the one thing that I stand for no matter what.”

“Read it. Read it anyway,” a man yelled from the crowd.

The full version of Gearwar’s speech was posted Tuesday on the Rutland Herald website. Gearwar said he provided it when the newspaper called him asking for it.


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