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.
Gearwar’s would-be speech highlights a difficult balancing act public school officials perform at this time of year as students deliver personal speeches on stage at school-sponsored events.