Katelyn Campbell’s high school continues to try and silence her.

Last month I wrote about a high school student who called the ACLU and vociferously opposed the principal of George Washington High School when a preaching, abstinence-only speaker was invited to speak at the school.  Katelyn Campbell is still bound for prestigious Wellesley College, even though principal Aulenbacher threatened to badmouth her to them.

However, up to a week before graduation, Katelyn and a few of the other highest achieving academics were scheduled to speak at graduation, just like every year before.  But the school has now nixed that.

“This morning, I and several others were called into Mr. Aulenbacher’s office for a brief meeting. For several months, all of us had been told that as highest honors graduates, we would be permitted to speak briefly on the topics of our choice during our commencement exercises. Each of us had prepared a presentation and we were eagerly awaiting graduation in hopes of leaving a final mark on our graduating class. Mr. Aulenbacher made the decision that this would not be so.”

Aulenbacher says it’s to streamline the graduation process.  I guess the timing is just super convenient.  If I were a cynic (and I am), I’d say that a principal who doesn’t feel the least bit sorry, but who was denied the chance to be a bully in secret when the story went national, is covering his ass from a particularly bright and bold student who may just take the podium and call him out on his bullshit.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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