Queens Fifth-Grader Prohibited from Delivering Same-Sex Marriage Speech

Kameron Slade is in fifth grade at PS 195 in the Rosedale section of Queens. Given the freedom to choose a topic for a speech competition, young Kameron chose to write about same-sex marriage. He won his class’s competition and was expected to deliver his winning speech in a competition being held school-wide. The school’s principal put a stop to that, telling Kameron’s mother that the speech was inappropriate.

“For him to be denied the right to voice his opinion really upsets me,” his mother told NY1. While some parents sympathize with his mother, the majority opinion seems to be that the principal did the right thing. “That’s an adult conversation,” one parent told reporter Ruschell Boone. Is it though? “It’s on the news. . .It’s a part our lives now. They need to open up. The New York City Department of Education need to open up,” Kameron’s mother told NY1. What do you think? Is fifth grade too young to have an understanding about this topic? To hear Kameron Slade express his feelings about his mother’s LGBT friends, it seems like a no brainer: “They seemed happy. . .Best of all, they seemed to love each other. The only difference was that there were two moms instead of a mother and a father.”



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