A high school student was interrupted by graduation speech last week when he started talking about his experience as an LGBTQI + student. (Watch the video above).
Bryce Derschem, the class’s speaker, said the principal of Eastern Regional High School in New Jersey was to blame. USA.
“I felt like they were trying to control what I was going to say, and I’m proud of certain parts of my identity,” Derchem said in an interview with NBC.
A recording of the speech, when the young man speaks of being funny – or not binary, shows a technical problem that does not recognize gender.
School principal Robert Tull can be seen approaching and removing the microphone and papers along with the “unauthorized” version of the speech.
The audience demands that the young man be able to speak again and that the presentation be given a new microphone for the speaker to end “out of memory”.
“He pointed to a speech he had written for me and told me that there was nothing more I could say,” Derschem said.
Grace Speaker Bryce Derschem interrupts speech while talking about LGBTQI + becoming a student – Photo: Reconstruction
A week after graduation, Derschem said the board told him the moment was “not a therapy session” and that he could not deliver his speech.
The young man said he worked with teachers on the content of the “forbidden version” and tried to use the language it contained. He even studied previous speeches.
“They talked about being the son of immigrants, about band rehearsals, about school clubs, about reality shows, about Bob Esponza,” the speaker said.
Regional School Superintendent Robert Cloitier said in a statement that he supports students in their educational experiences and believes in a “comprehensive message about the future.”
The school principal did not comment on the case until the last update of this report.