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NYC School Prohibits Fifth-Grader from Delivering Award-Winning Speech on Same-Sex Marriage: VIDEO

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NY1 reports that a public school in NYC's Queens borough has prohibited a fifth-grade student from delivering an award-winning speech on same-sex marriage:

Kameron Slade worked on his speech with his mother and his teacher after winning a class competition. He was slated to deliver it in a school-wide contest at PS 195. That's no longer going to happen. His mother, who doesn't want to be identified, said the principal told her the topic is inappropriate.

"For him to be denied the right to voice his opinion really upsets me," she said.

"I was really looking forward to it," Kameron said. "I thought that this was a real good winning speech for tomorrow."

Kameron's mother said he was told to choose any topic, so he chose same-sex marriage. But on Wednesday, the principal said he should write another speech or be removed from the contest.

"She said that people have different opinions on it and that some parents may not want their children to learn about this type of topic," Kameron said.

Kameron's speech calls for acceptance and tolerance. It describes his mother's explanation of the issue and his impression of his mother's friends who are gay.

Watch Kameron recite his speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

Ps95A partial transcript and clip (via Think Progress)

Some people are for same-gender marriage, while others are against it. Like President Obama, I believe that all people should have the right to marry whoever they want. Marriage is about love, support, and commitment. So who are we to judge? If we judge people like this, this is a form of prejudice. We must learn to accept all differences.[...]

My mom is very open to me about same-gender marriage. However, some adults may feel uncomfortable and think it’s inappropriate to talk about this to children. I think adults must realize that as children get older, they become aware of these mature issues that are going on in the world. If children read or watch the news, they can learn about things like same-gender marriage, so what’s the point in trying to hide it?

In conclusion, I hope that everyone understands how important it is to respect everyone for who they are. Same-gender marriage is becoming more popular. I believe that same-gender marriage should be accepted worldwide and that parents and teachers should start to discuss these issues without shame to their children.

Watch Kameron recite his speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Idiots in the position of power.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 15, 2012 9:57:13 AM


  2. Idiots in the position of power.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 15, 2012 9:57:18 AM


  3. What the hell is wrong with that principal? NY has legal marriage equality and there's nothing offensive or sexually-orinted about the speech. I don't give a rat's-ass whether some parents don't like it. Since when is a schools curriculum determined by what the parents prefer? My mother thought Algebra was useless but she didn't march off to the principal and demand that it not be taught. This principal demonstrates "the Peter Principle:" people tend to rise to the level of their incompetence.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Jun 15, 2012 10:16:43 AM


  4. It's amazing when any actual "education" is accomplished in most schools. Kids who are actively exploring the world, encountering and thinking about ideas and concepts that may be outside their immediate experience, are thwarted, silenced and discouraged by ignorant adults. I hope that Kameron prospers and rises about the level of so-called educators who are afraid to see students getting outside the robot pen limits.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Jun 15, 2012 10:17:09 AM


  5. There is hope for the world yet! What a great example of today's youth. :)

    Posted by: John | Jun 15, 2012 10:29:52 AM


  6. There is hope for the world yet! What a great example of today's youth. :)

    Posted by: John | Jun 15, 2012 10:29:56 AM


  7. I thought one of the main purposes of education in American was to expose children to different opinions. Guess not.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 15, 2012 10:33:46 AM


  8. Jack, if he had written a speech condemning same sex relationships, should he be allowed to give it? It's just exposing children to different opinions.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Jun 15, 2012 10:38:31 AM


  9. Jack, if he had written a speech condemning same sex relationships, should he be allowed to give it? It's just exposing children to different opinions.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Jun 15, 2012 10:38:38 AM


  10. Jack, if he had written a speech condemning same sex relationships, should he be allowed to give it? It's just exposing children to different opinions.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Jun 15, 2012 10:38:52 AM


  11. What a bright young boy.Now,instead of him giving a speech to just his classmates,he gave his speech to millions of viewers,and he's all over the web.

    Posted by: Miguel | Jun 15, 2012 10:57:38 AM


  12. Well, these "educators" are the last place to look for education.

    Posted by: Joel | Jun 15, 2012 11:12:22 AM


  13. Well, these "educators" are the last place to look for education.

    Posted by: Joel | Jun 15, 2012 11:12:32 AM


  14. Well, these "educators" are the last place to look for education.

    Posted by: Joel | Jun 15, 2012 11:12:35 AM


  15. Well, these "educators" are the last place to look for education.

    Posted by: Joel | Jun 15, 2012 11:12:36 AM


  16. What an awesome kid!

    And Alex Parrish hits the nail on the head- New York has gay marriage so what he's talking about is reality which, like it or not, the other students and their parents are going to have to face someday. In fact that goes for discussion of homosexuality in general since it too is reality, literally a fact of life.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 15, 2012 11:20:03 AM


  17. What an awesome kid!

    And Alex Parrish hits the nail on the head- New York has gay marriage so what he's talking about is reality which, like it or not, the other students and their parents are going to have to face someday. In fact that goes for discussion of homosexuality in general since it too is reality, literally a fact of life.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 15, 2012 11:20:11 AM


  18. ignore troll-markus and his stockholm syndrome.

    everyone with a brain knows that there this isn't about "different opinions" or "controversial topics" but about a young person being stifled from telling the truth because The Powers That Be are refusing to accept the truth for what it is.

    there is no solid argument in "well, what if they OTHER side wanted to blah blah blah.."

    the "other side" has only prejudicial bigotry and baseless rhetoric to fall on, and all to spread more ignorance. there's a difference. everyone who lives in the real world can see this.

    now, what a wonderful articulate young kid and what a knockout mother he has, too. well met!

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 15, 2012 11:21:24 AM


  19. @Markus - what do you think? As long as that child had reasons for opposing same-sex marriage that weren't filled with hatred and fundamentalist Bible quotations, then yes. However, an argument opposing SS marriage without either one would be hard to come up with.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 15, 2012 11:35:49 AM


  20. The reality is, if this child were talking about his opposite-sexed family, there would be absolutely no concern, no drama. But discussing same-sex families? Inappropriate. Duh, Markus, Rick, and anyone else who would defend this. The kid is definitely awesome, this is yet another example of how it's our youth that will be creating and progressing change. But, unfortunately, it's also a reminder of how homophobic things are at the top of the food chain in most school districts country-wide.

    Posted by: Francis | Jun 15, 2012 11:41:29 AM


  21. there's often the non-cognitive "argument" of "this is too confusing for children, they're too young to learn this", which ignores two key things:
    1. not all children are heterosexual
    2. not all children come from exclusively-heterosexual families or cultures or communities

    we live in a world of cultural diversity. religious. ethnic. gender. orientation. some classmates will have two moms, or two dads. maybe one mom. three dads. a gay brothers. a lesbian aunt. the gay neighbours.

    kids accept these things.

    when an excuse about "the children" comes up, it's really an adult saying "i'm an old fogey and I don't like this so i'm going to pretend it confuses the kids."

    it doesn't confuse the kids. kids are remarkably adaptable. confusion only comes from kids being told a false version of reality by their families only to have if contradicted and challenged by the harsh light of reality.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 15, 2012 11:43:18 AM


  22. Because if he doesn't hold this speech, none of the kids will ever hear about same-sex families. They will never have class mates who have to moms or dads. They won't have relatives who are gay and bring their partners along. They won't see gay couples on the street. They won't see reports about same-sex marriage on the news. They won't see gay characters on television. If you don't mention something, it doesn't exist.

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 15, 2012 12:08:03 PM


  23. Awesome kid! I hope he can get his message to go viral on youtube.

    That said, following up Azealia Banks with this kid, IMHO, is a bit inappropriate. You could have spaced that better and moved some of the posts around, as him, and his friends and family will most likely seek out all mentions of him and his fantastic speech.

    Posted by: Kenn I | Jun 15, 2012 12:12:20 PM


  24. not only that, Steve, but hearing that "two men can marry" will make all the straight kids choose to be gay! :D

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 15, 2012 12:13:36 PM


  25. BRAVO kid. BRAVO!

    Posted by: GMcGinnis | Jun 15, 2012 12:36:06 PM


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