Does Jesus Have a Place at High School Graduation?

In Shannon Spaulding's case, school officials said they had asked to review the text of her speech, but because Spaulding was in the midst of final exams, she didn't finish writing it in time. obtained an internal memo from a member of the superintendent's executive staff, which called the speech "wholly inappropriate" and claimed that Spaulding purposely concealed the contents of her speech and "played the adults who had trusted her to behave responsibly, and she betrayed that trust."

Shannon Spaulding, however, tells a different story. She said administrators failed to provide any guidelines about the length or content of her speech , and never pressured her to provide a copy.

"They knew I was busy trying to get everything else ready, so they just said, 'Don't worry about it.' They knew I would get it done," she said.

"I can't say I'm sorry for the message I shared. I'm sorry if people were offended, but I still believe in what I said."

"It was not seen by any administration officials," said Duval County schools spokeswoman Mary Anne Christensen. "She had such a great record academically, so the fact that no one had seen her speech didn't raise any red flags."

At this point, Christensen said there is no mandatory policy in place for reviewing valedictory speeches.

"If you're asking whether or not there should be one," she said, "that is currently being reviewed."

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