Edgecombe administrators withhold diploma for student’s refusal to read school-written speech – WRAL

Edgecombe County, N.C. — High school graduation day should be a celebration, but for one Edgecombe County senior, it is a day he will never forget.

As Southwest Edgecombe County High School’s senior class president, Marvin Wright was allowed to write a speech and read it aloud at graduation.

“I really worked hard on this speech,” he said.

Wright said on the day of graduation, he was told by school administrators that he would not be able to read his speech. He would have to read one the school wrote for him.

“I think my classmates would like to hear what I have to say instead of the one you wrote for me,” Wright said.

While on stage during the ceremony, Wright said he followed his heart and chose to read his speech instead. (Read more)