Schools in Brave New World of Homosexual Politics

A school shows how tough it is to navigate the landscape of homosexual politics.

Let’s just put aside, for a moment, the fact that homosexual practice is sinful, wrong, and self-destructive to the practitioners and look at this story at the Daily Camera about a cancelled graduation speech at a public high school.

What do you do when a high school graduate plans to “out himself” in his Valedictorian speech to his parents and to everyone else. That is what Colorado graduating senior, Evan Young, planned to do.

Of course, using “out” as a verb means to reveal one is “gay” or homosexual. But nothing I’ve seen definitively states that the student has had sexual contact with another male, so I don’t think the word should apply.

In any case, the school authorities did not want the speech to become a scene:

Young, 18, was the valedictorian of his class of about 30 students, with a 4.5 GPA and scholarship to Rutgers University. He was denied the opportunity at the last minute to give his speech — or be honored in any way — at his school’s May 16 graduation ceremony.

The school maintains that the decision was made when Young failed to resubmit his speech, as required, with the edits recommended by Principal BJ Buchmann. Young and his father maintain that he did resubmit a revised version — having made requested changes such as removing two classmates’ names — but that he was nevertheless axed from the graduation ceremony due to his insistence at revealing his sexuality.

Additionally, both Young and his father, Don Young, said Buchmann outed the young man as gay in a phone call the principal made to Don Young several days before the commencement event.

“I’m a physician, and patient privacy is integral to our daily experience,” [Evan’s mother, Alise] Curry said Friday. “You never, ever reveal information about an adult to anyone without their consent, unless they are a danger to others — which I think we can agree that he was not.

Evan Young, 18, valedictorian of his Twin Peaks Charter Academy senior class, poses near the high school entrance Thursday.

“Mr. Buchmann outed Evan to us, which was not the way Evan wanted it to happen.”

Young’s parents expressed no interest in exploring whether the principal’s actions violated any aspect of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act protecting the privacy of student education records, nor in pursuing any other legal action.

“No, we would never go there,” Don Young said.

The father may be displaying wisdom here in not wanting to get legally entangled with the school, or perhaps Mr. Buchanan’s claim is correct and Young didn’t resubmit the speech.

It is true that, if we are going to defend religious speech by seniors, we will also have to defend this kind of speech in the context of a pluralistic environment where homosexuality is regarded as not an official healthy lifestyle option.

But why should a dependent minor have a right to privacy over against his parents? If the issue hinges on whether or not Evan Young is 18, that can be discussed. But nothing is said about the privacy issue hinging on whether or not he is a legal adult. There seems to be a claim here that teachers can’t tell parents basic facts about their children. Does homosexual politics mean that children in public school get a tax-fed environment to cultivate secrets about their sexual development?

Another issue: if schools aren’t allowed some say in what a student says in a valedictorian speech, then why have them submit the speech in the first place? Obviously, if the principle is going to explain to a parent who wants to know what is wrong with the speech, he is going to have to tell them about the homosexual content.

Would it really be right to shut out parents who want to know why their child is having trouble getting his speech approved?

Finally, saying nothing about an honored student or his achievements seems like extreme overkill to me. I have to say that, even though I disagree with Young and his parents in how they regard problems with same-sex erotic attractions, I do think they showed real character in refusing to be publicly resentful for what happened to them. I’m quite impressed and hope I can put grievances aside like they did when I am tempted to do the opposite.

Welcome to the brave new world of homosexual politics in public school. One solution would be to abolish public school and let the market drive how private schools develop their practices.

But that option is considered unthinkable.