Remember Katelyn Campbell, the West Virginia high school student who very publicly protested a dishonest and disgusting mandatory assembly on abstinence at her school? It seems the principal who threatened to call the university she planned to attend for that isn’t done trying to punish her:
“This morning, I and several others were called into Mr. Aulenbacher’s office for a brief meeting. For several months, all of us had been told that as highest honors graduates, we would be permitted to speak briefly on the topics of our choice during our commencement exercises. Each of us had prepared a presentation and we were eagerly awaiting graduation in hopes of leaving a final mark on our graduating class. Mr. Aulenbacher made the decision that this would not be so.
Recently, Mr. Aulenbacher decided to only allow the top two in our class to speak at graduation. Frustrated, hurt and confused, my fellow highest honor grads and I tried to reason with him, but to no avail.
Following our meeting, Obadah Moushmoush and I drove to the Board of Education office and spoke with Kanawha County Superintendent Dr. Ron Duerring. Obadah and I told him of our plight and asked if this was part of a larger county oversight, to which Duerring replied yes: since last year’s graduations, the county has moved toward a more streamlined policy on graduation exercises. Duerring said that in his memo to principals, he suggested that the principals only allow two student speakers to present. Although I understand why this policy of streamlining was put in place, I am saddened that even with this knowledge, Mr. Aulenbacher allowed students to prepare and submit speeches with the intention of actually delivering them. Said highest honor graduate Kate Webster, “I’ve never really been that involved at GW, and I felt like this was my last chance to make my mark.” Thanks to this last minute oversight, literally a week before our graduation, Kate’s mark will not be made. Neither will mine. Neither will Obadah Moushmoush’s. Neither will several others. And that, I think, is what makes this situation so ludicrous to me.”
I’d love to see that memo to the principals. I’d be willing to bet that it was only written after this whole thing happened. Otherwise, why not tell them long ago that only the top two would be speaking? Sorry, not buying this one bit.