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Joshua HS valedictorian speaks out on graduation speech incident

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A non-profit legal group says Joshua ISD violated the rights of a valedictorian whose microphone was cut off during a graduation speech.

Hiram Sasser, director of litigation for the Liberty Institute, wants the district to admit they were wrong to cut the microphone on Remington Reimer and promise free speech for future speakers.

"I think they need to issue a statement exonerating Remington. He's the only one who followed the rules and they need to acknowledge that," Sasser said.

Sasser said Joshua ISD violated its own policy and administrators broke deferral law which guarantees free speech.

Reimer said he wanted to talk about constitutional rights and his faith, but it got cut out in the editing process.

"That's when I had the idea - this doesn't seem right. They want me to give a speech but they're writing it for me," Reimer said.

Reimer gave the pre-planned speech and as threatened, administrators interrupted the speech.

Reimer couldn't tell his mic had been cut because he was wearing earplugs to keep him from being confused by the echo from the loudspeakers.

Reimer leaves for the U.S. Naval Academy in a few weeks, but has a goal for future graduates.

"I don't want this to happen to anyone again," Reimer said.

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