Two students at a private school in Kentucky – the farewell speaker and the president of the student council – were told they could not speak at graduation because the local Catholic diocese did not agree with the content of their remarks.
So Christian Bales, Valedictorian and Katherine Frantz, the council chairmen, used a megaphone to hold their talks on Friday before the ceremony in Northern Kentucky. Bales focused on youth activism and related to Parkland, Fla., Students are calling for stricter gun laws following a shoot-out massacre at their high school in February.
Covington diocesan spokesman Tim Fitzgerald said the students would not submit their speeches
"When the proposed speeches were received, they contained elements that were political and did not conform to the teachings of the Catholic Church," said Fitzgerald in a statement.
Bales said to local media, he was not & # 39 ;. t Sure, if his openly gay nature played a role in her decision.
"I have been on their radar as a more non-gender compliant individual," he said. "I once wore make-up and hairpins in my hair to school, so it seems too much of a coincidence for my critical thinking that it's all about the speech itself.
Bales added," I did not want to go up and keep my speech to the fullest. "
Bales touched upon the political activism of students, including himself, such as removing a Jefferson Davis statue in the State Capitol and participating in the Lifelong March for Life
" There is a misguided notion That wisdom is directly proportional to age, but we refute that every day, "Bales said in his speech." The young people must be willing to talk openly about problems, and we must not, in the face of the institution that silences us tremble. "
The Associated Press contributed to this report.