Marvin Wright, 2017 senior class president at SouthWest High School in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, had his diploma withheld for more than two full days,WRAL reported.
SouthWest Edgecombe allegedly withheld Wright’s diploma as retaliation for his graduation speech, the Wilson Times reported.
Wright reportedly worked for more than two weeks on his remarks but was asked at the last moment to not deliver his speech and instead deliver one prepared by school administrators. According to the Wilson Times, the administrator’s speech was just four sentences long.
“To be honest, the speech that they wrote wasn’t me at all,” Wright told the Wilson Times. “I feel like they tried to belittle me in a way because I had more to say. I feel like they couldn’t describe the ways that I felt and the things that I experienced.”
“There were only four sentences and I was like, ‘I really worked hard on this speech and as senior class president, I think I should read my own speech,’ and they was like, ‘No, this is what you are going to read.’”
When Wright approached the podium, he pulled up his speech on his phone and delivered it his way. Read more (6/15/17)