The Holy Cross High School farewell speaker in Covington, Kentucky, scheduled a closing speech on the power of young voices on Friday, but was prevented from doing so after church leaders said his speech was "incompatible with the teaching of the Catholic Church . "So after the ceremony he went outside and brought her a megaphone instead.
"I did not find it very polarizing, it was about the empowerment of the youth," Bales told the local television channel LEX18.
In his speech, he praised the activism of his classmates who fought in March during the shooting of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for the relocation of the memorial to the Confederate Jefferson Davis Memorial in the Kentucky State Capitol, and participated in the anti-abortion march for life in January.
"The young people are going to win is a mantra, I'm sure many of you have heard when you've recently been attentive in the media," Bales said in his Speech completely shared by Cincinatti station WCPO. "It's a phrase adopted by the prolific Stoneman Douglas teenagers who are committed to an agenda ̵
" The young people will win because we will are ready to be complacent, "he added towards the end of his speech. "There is a misleading notion that wisdom is directly proportional to age, but we refute that every day, sometimes the brightest are the youngest in our lives, those who are not yet desensitized to the atrocities of our world."
Katherine Frantz , the president of the student council and salutator, was also prevented on Friday from giving her speech. "Christian and I worked for four years to get the right to speak as a farewell speaker and student council president on graduation," Frantz wrote in a column for River City News. "I was shocked and upset when this honor was taken on the morning of graduation."
Many students and parents opposed the school's decision.
"The student speeches for the High School at the Holy Cross were not submitted for review before the deadline, but when the proposed speeches were received, they contained elements that were political and did not conform to the teachings of the Catholic Church," said Tim Fitzgerald, Speaker of the Diocese of Covington, in a statement, according to the local television station LEX18.