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Sat Jun 26, 2021, 10:08 PM

Principal Crumples Valedictorian's Speech About Mental Health, So He Does It From Memory

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/principal-crumples-valedictorian-speech-mental-125151755.html

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Kristine Cannon
Fri, June 25, 2021, 8:51 AM
“After I came out as queer freshman year, I felt so alone. I didn’t know who to turn to,” the student said before his mic was cut off
In New Jersey last Thursday, Bryce Dershem stood behind the podium to address Eastern Regional High School’s graduation class and their respective families. And although the valedictorian didn’t make it one minute into his graduation speech before his mic was cut off and the principal of the school walked away with the graduating senior’s speech, Dershem did the incredible: He delivered the powerful speech about coming out, his LGBTQ identity, and mental health — from memory

Dershem began his speech confidently, congratulating his fellow classmates and thanking friends, families, and the community for helping make their accomplishments possible. But 45 seconds into Dershem’s speech, his mic was abruptly muted. The school would later claim it was a “technical difficulty.”

“After I came out as queer freshman year, I felt so alone. I didn’t know who to turn to,” Dershem said before getting cut off. At this moment, Principal Robert Tull walked up, removed the mic, crumpled the student’s speech and walked off with Dershem’s speech in hand....

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Reply Principal Crumples Valedictorian's Speech About Mental Health, So He Does It From Memory (Original post)
KG Jun 2021 OP
sdfernando Jun 2021 #1
OAITW r.2.0 Jun 2021 #2
vercetti2021 Jun 2021 #3
bottomofthehill Jun 2021 #4
Hugh_Lebowski Jun 2021 #17
ShazzieB Jun 2021 #5
Hugh_Lebowski Jun 2021 #18
sheshe2 Jun 2021 #6
Hekate Jun 2021 #8
sheshe2 Jun 2021 #11
onetexan Jun 2021 #10
sheshe2 Jun 2021 #12
iluvtennis Jun 2021 #7
Skittles Jun 2021 #9
cayugafalls Jun 2021 #13
NJCher Jun 2021 #14
Hugh_Lebowski Jun 2021 #15
AZLD4Candidate Jun 2021 #16

Response to KG (Original post)

Sat Jun 26, 2021, 10:16 PM

1. OMG!

Principal needs to be fired!

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Response to KG (Original post)

Sat Jun 26, 2021, 10:17 PM

2. Another stupid person in charge of our kids.

Good for the kid if he got his message across.....

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Response to KG (Original post)

Sat Jun 26, 2021, 10:19 PM

3. Hope that principle feels embarrassed

Smart kid to know his speech. Like a contingency plan for homophobia

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Response to KG (Original post)

Sat Jun 26, 2021, 10:20 PM

4. Removed the mic and took the speech.

Clearly technical issues. What a fucking jerk

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Response to bottomofthehill (Reply #4)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 02:27 AM

17. I don't buy it ... just saying (nt)

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Response to KG (Original post)

Sat Jun 26, 2021, 10:43 PM

5. Hmmmm....

'The school would later claim it was a "technical difficulty."'

Oh, I see. So it was a random coincidence that the principal just happened to walk up and steal the kid's speech right after the mic was cut off? Wow, yeah, that is one wild coincidence all right!

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Response to ShazzieB (Reply #5)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 02:29 AM

18. The volume was quite low prior to him being given a different mic

And you actually cannot see 'the principal' doing any such thing.

I think this story is wrong, frankly.

I think he was given a better microphone.

And that's it.

MHO, I guess we'll see.

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Response to KG (Original post)

Sat Jun 26, 2021, 10:53 PM

6. What the F are these sniveling cowards so scared of?

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #6)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 12:03 AM

8. +1000

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Response to Hekate (Reply #8)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 12:17 AM

11. Ya know that book...

Our Bodies Ourselves takes on a whole new meaning. Written in 1969 for Women.

The text does not apply, yet the title does.

Their Bodies.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #6)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 12:15 AM

10. the same "liberal slant" Idiot FL gov ron desantis is afraid of & passed a law forcing students &

faculty list their political views. Destupid is much more dangerous than the Con.

Kudos to this brave young man for what he did - stand up for himself and other LGBTQ+ students.

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Response to onetexan (Reply #10)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 12:22 AM

12. I read that about desatin.

This young man is a leader. He refused to be silenced.

Bravo my child.

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Response to KG (Original post)

Sat Jun 26, 2021, 11:53 PM

7. Shameful. Hope this principal is fired. n/t

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Response to KG (Original post)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 12:04 AM

9. young people continue to impress me

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Response to KG (Original post)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 12:53 AM

13. Not only should the Principal be fired, he should be forced to publicly apologize.

What a fucking pig.

Probably afraid of his own thoughts.

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Response to KG (Original post)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 12:53 AM

14. Pfft

south jersey. Might as well be Iowa.

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Response to KG (Original post)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 02:12 AM

15. I don't think I buy the whole 'mike cut off' and 'Principal crumpled his speech' part of the story

But the speech was beautiful regardless.

Great job Bryce

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Response to KG (Original post)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 02:26 AM

16. In the comments, that guy Gordon whatever his name is

Is really something else.

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