HILLSDALE, Mich. (Great Lakes News) – Michigan student Elizabeth Turner is fighting back after her public high school told her not to include certain religious content in her upcoming valedictory speech for graduation.
Hillsdale High School Principal Amy Goldsmith took issue with the portion of Turner’s draft that mentioned her belief in Jesus Christ, according to a complaint obtained by Fox News. The complaint sent by First Liberty alleges that the Michigan school violated federal law allowing private religious speech at school events.
Principal Goldsmith said, “[Y]ou are representing the school in the speech, not using the podium as your public forum.”
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In an exclusive, Great Lakes News spoke with Hillsdale Schools Superintendent Shawn Vondra who said he “doesn’t see anything wrong with the speech as written and hopes to resolve the issue with the student and her family.”