Valedictorian denied right to give speech after he planned to come out as gay

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LONGMONT, Colo. (May 31, 2015) — The parents of a high school valedictorian who was prevented from giving a graduation speech in which he planned to come out as gay say they won’t pursue the issue further.

The Daily Camera in Boulder reports that 18-year-old Evan Young did not participate in a Friday news conference about the issue but provided a statement that his father read aloud.

The teen wrote that his frustration at Twin Peaks Charter Academy High School in Longmont has largely subsided.

Young was told at the last minute that he could not give his speech or be honored in any way at the May 16 graduation.

A school official also revealed Young’s sexual orientation to his father without the teen’s permission.

The school board released a statement, which you can read here.

To read Evan Young’s full statement, click here.