Joshua High valedictorian silenced mid-speech at graduation

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by DAVID SCHECHTER

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Posted on June 7, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 7 at 10:42 PM

JOSHUA -- As Joshua High School's Class of 2013 valedictorian, everyone knew Remington Reimer was smart. But it's not clear if anyone knew he would use the opportunity of addressing his classmates at graduation to take a stand.

"The valedictorian, salutatorian, and class historian speeches were all reviewed prior to the graduation and had prior approval," said Joshua ISD Superintendent Fran Marek.

The district said speakers were warned to stick to those remarks. But Reimer, soft-spoken and (according to his father's Facebook page) headed to the Air Force Academy, didn't follow the script.

Reimer thanked God for "sending his only son to die for me and the rest of the world." Then the valedictorian was silenced in the middle of his speech.

"At the time the speech was deviated from, the microphone was turned off and they were told that prior to the graduation ceremony, regardless of content," Marek said.

And what was that content? Reimer's family declined to comment, and News 8 heard varying accounts Friday.

Even after the microphone was turned off, Reimer continued and completed his speech. People in attendance say it was difficult to make out the rest of his words.

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