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  1. Alex Parrish says

    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.

  2. gregory brown says

    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.

  3. MarkUs says

    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.

  4. MarkUs says

    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.

  5. MarkUs says

    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.

  6. Miguel says

    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.

  7. Caliban says

    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.

  8. Caliban says

    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.

  9. says

    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!

  10. Jack M says

    @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.

  11. Francis says

    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.

  12. says

    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.

  13. Steve says

    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.

  14. Kenn I says

    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.

  15. theotherlee says

    LITTLEKIWI: “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”

    That argument can be taken further… even if, or especially if a topic is “confusing to children” isn’t school and the education system as a whole supposed to, I don’t know, EDUCATE them? Thus removing the confusion?

    As has already been stated. Same-Gender marriages are already there in New York. Other than bigotry how DOES this principal explain this?

  16. Steve says

    Children are actually quite simple about this. You don’t have to get into all the political and legal arguments. What they get is that two people love each other and spend all their time together. That’s the way they process the relationships around them. And they can also easily apply that to two people of the same gender. What they do need to be taught is intolerance.

  17. Hollywood, CA says

    The good thing is that this kid has a very bright future and sounds like he has a WONDERFUL mother.

    The principal should rethink his decision.

  18. Matt says

    PS 195 in Queens, The Principal is ‘Beryl Bailey’ The school’s switchboard number is 718 723 0313. The Mayor is hosting the anual HRC Gala on wed. If this isn’t fixed by then I’ll try to bring it up if I’m actually lucky enough to get to speak with him.

    (Remember, NYC is larger than most states, and has a larger number of ‘public servants’ as well, getting them all on the same page is a herculean task.)

  19. tinkerbelle says

    Go Kameron! I think you’ve won a lot more than a school speech class competition—you’ve done a first-class, effective elogy to your very important subject. AAA+ from France! Keep up the good work…

  20. Steve-ATL says

    Call the school and demand change. This form of attack on freedom is vile. Please, those of you in NYC need to demand the principal reconsider and educate him

  21. StanPlan says

    With principals like Beryl Bailey, we don’t have to wonder why bullying exists. Put pressue on Beryl Bailey. He is opressing his students and sending a message that hate and anti gay thinking will be tolerated.

  22. Al says

    It sucks when a kid wants to share something he believes in, and is told he can’t because it’s “inappropriate” or might offend someone who doesn’t believe the same thing.

    Aside from Kameron, ask all the kids who were told they can’t pray or wear a cross or Star of David.

    Tolerance is a two-way street.

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