Texas super apologizes to valedictorian
This just in from the superintendent of schools in Joshua, Texas:
"On behalf of the school district, I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to Mr. Todd Reimer and Remington Reimer for any interpretation of a threat by Mr. Cochran in expressing his displeasure at a meeting on Friday morning between Mr. Todd Reimer and Mr. Cochran following Remington Reimer’s valedictory address.
"The District has never intended to nor will take punitive action against Remington Reimer for deviating from the prior-reviewed speech. The District endorses Remington Reimer’s appointment to the Naval Academy and wishes him success for all future endeavors in his naval career.
District officials will ensure that district policy is followed at future graduation ceremonies.
Fran Marek, Superintendent
The Tampa Bay Times wrote about Reimer's situation in an article on June 16 about graduation speeches, which sometimes go very wrong. Two recent local examples are the salutatorian speech of Wharton High School's Harold Shaw and that of Wesley Chapel High School student
government president Abigail Hudak.
Both students had to return to school to retrieve their diplomas, as they were accused of deviating from the speeches that their principals had approved (although in Shaw's case, it was a brief deviation while he lost his composure). In both cases, school officials said they were merely trying to uphold the dignity of the ceremonies and enforce the rules consistently.