May 27, 2021
High School Censors Religious References in Student’s Grad Speech

On Wednesday, May 26th, First Liberty sent a letter to the principal at Hillsdale (MI) High School demanding that she allow a graduating senior, Elizabeth Turner, to reference her faith in her valedictorian speech. School officials have told Elizabeth to alter her valedictory speech to remove any reference to her religious viewpoint.

Keisha Russell, Counsel for First Liberty, commented:

“Graduation is a time for celebration not censorship. Students retain their constitutional rights to freedom of expression from elementary school all the way through the graduation ceremony. All public schools should protect the private religious expression of their students.”

Learn more about this case here.

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