Bethea's Byte
Log in

I forgot my password

Who is online?
In total there are 2 users online :: 1 Registered, 0 Hidden and 1 Guest :: 1 Bot

toetapping

[ View the whole list ]


Most users ever online was 12 on Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:30 pm
Statistics
We have 14 registered users
The newest registered user is Jackster

Our users have posted a total of 1139 messages in 452 subjects
January 2019
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  

Calendar Calendar

Latest topics
» What are your plans for the day.
Today at 8:56 am by toetapping

» How are you feeling right now?
Today at 8:56 am by toetapping

» The 'STUPIDITY Act' Could Stop Government Shutdowns From Happening Ever Again
Yesterday at 3:33 pm by The Last Outlaw

» New Orleans Lawyer Files Lawsuit in Hopes of Replaying NFC Championship Game
Yesterday at 8:15 am by The Last Outlaw

» Dog the Bounty Hunter's Wife Beth Chapman Undergoing Throat Cancer Treatment Again
Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:40 pm by The Last Outlaw

» MLK Day to the Super Bowl: Five Events That Could Pressure Congress, Trump Over Shutdown
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:50 am by The Last Outlaw

» Bush Calls on Trump, Democrats to 'Put Politics Aside' and End the Shutdown
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:14 am by The Last Outlaw

» New UK general election over Brexit?
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:07 am by The Last Outlaw

» Jason Van Dyke Sentenced to 6 3/4 Years In Prison For Killing of Laquan McDonald
Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:02 am by The Last Outlaw

» Trump Again Calls Cohen a Liar After Bombshell BuzzFeed Report
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:46 am by The Last Outlaw

» Congress to Probe Whether Trump Told Lawyer Cohen to Lie
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:21 am by The Last Outlaw

» Sony, R. Kelly Agree To Part Ways: Exclusive
Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:59 am by The Last Outlaw

» Prince Philip Unhurt in Crash While Driving
Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:56 am by The Last Outlaw

» The First Free Byte of 2019: Gov't Shutdown and Pettiness in Washington, DC
Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:42 am by The Last Outlaw

» Last thing you ate/drank
Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:05 pm by toetapping

» Why New Mom Kate Upton is 'Jealous' of Other Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:34 am by The Last Outlaw

» Lindsey Graham Slams Pelosi-Trump Feud: ‘One Sophomoric Response Does Not Deserve Another’
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:20 am by The Last Outlaw

» Tom Marino To Resign From Congress
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:57 am by The Last Outlaw

» 3 Chicago Police Officers Acquitted Of Cover-Up In Laquan McDonald Shooting
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:05 am by The Last Outlaw

» CNN Anchors Challenge Democrat On Claim That Graham 'Is Somehow Compromised'
Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:47 am by The Last Outlaw

Top posting users this week
Top posting users this month
Affiliate With Bethea’s Byte
Bethea's Byte CBox Chat

Principal Forbids First Black Valedictorian From Giving Speech So City Hall Steps In

View previous topic View next topic Go down

The Last Outlaw
The Last Outlaw
Head Administrator
Head Administrator
Male Posts : 587
Age : 42
Join date : 2018-05-26
Location : Salem, Oregon, USA
Status :

View user profile http://betheasbyte.forumotion.com/forum

PostThe Last Outlaw on Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:55 am


From USA TODAY

Justin Murphy of USA TODAY wrote:

Jaisaan Lovett graduated from University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men as the valedictorian last month, with a full scholarship to Clark Atlanta University. He is the school's first black valedictorian and, as such, had some things to say in his speech.

There was thanks for his parents, siblings and teachers and encouragement for his classmates. For school leader Joseph Munno, though, Lovett had a different message:

"To Mr. Munno, my principal, there's a whole lot of things I've wanted to say to you for a long time. ... I'm here as the UPrep 2018 valedictorian to tell you that you couldn't break me. I'm still here, and I'm still here strong.

"And after all these years, all this anger I've had toward you and UPrep as a whole, I realized I had to let that go in order to better myself. And I forgive you for everything I held against you."

Lovett's comments about Munno would likely have gone unnoticed if he'd delivered it as planned at the small graduation ceremony.

Instead, the school refused to let him speak, the result of what Lovett believes is personal animosity on Munno's part. As it happens, though, he has a powerful friend: Mayor Lovely Warren, in whose office he works as an intern.

Warren invited him to City Hall to deliver the speech and posted it on the city's official YouTube channel.


"Unfortunately, Jaisaan's school did not allow him to give his valedictorian speech," Warren said in the video. "For some reason, his school — in a country where freedom of speech is a constitution right, and the city of Frederick Douglass — turned his moment of triumph into a time of sorrow and pain.

"Jaisaan will never graduate from high school again. He will never get that moment back. This is not the time to punish a child because you may not like what he has to say."

Munno and the school did not respond to a request for comment. UPrep, an all-male school serving grades 7-12, is one of Rochester's best regarded charter schools, with annual graduation rates well above 90 percent.

Lovett said he'd had numerous run-ins with Munno over his six years at UPrep. In one instance last year, he led a five-day student strike when he said the school wouldn't order needed safety equipment for a lab.

"There’s a lot of wrong things that go on at that school, and when I notice it I speak out against it," he said. "(Munno) is a guy that doesn’t like to be told 'no.'"

Lovett said he was never asked to deliver a valedictorian speech even though past students had done so. When he requested permission to speak anyway, he said Munno denied him.

"He didn’t want to see the speech or what it said, nothing," Lovett said. "He just said no."

Warren also posted the YouTube video on her official mayoral Facebook page, crediting Lovett for "speaking truth to power" and saying he had been "silenced" by the school.

In a follow-up Facebook comment, she said: "He nor his parents were ever given a reason (why he wasn't allowed to give the speech). I called the principal but to my knowledge he never called me back. He and Jaisaan didn’t have a great relationship and it was his last chance to show himThe  who was boss. He worked hard for this opportunity and his mom and dad were in tears that there was nothing that they could do from the audience. They weren’t going to ruin it for everyone else."

A spokesman for Warren said he did not know whether Warren was aware of the specifics of Lovett's complaints against Munno.

Lovett's brother, LaJason Lovett, was salutatorian at UPrep last year and received a full ride to Morehouse College. Jaisaan is using his own scholarship to study video game design.

It's a shame to be the first Black Valedictorian for a school's graduating class, only to be silenced.  From what I just read, The young man didn't say anything disparaging toward the principal. It's a pathetic act and I hope we will get to hear all he had to say when he goes to City Hall to deliver his speech.

Just saying.

_________________

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

Create an account or log in to leave a reply

You need to be a member in order to leave a reply.

Create an account

Join our community by creating a new account. It's easy!


Create a new account

Log in

Already have an account? No problem, log in here.


Log in

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum