Parents say school principal 'humiliated' their son, barred him from delivering patriotic election speech

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  • Source: Fox News
  • 05/22/2024
The parents of a California middle-school student are calling on their son's principal to be fired after they say he was discriminated against over his beliefs.

Saint Bonaventure Catholic School student Jimmy Heyward, who was running for "Commissioner of School Spirit & Patriotism," was "completely humiliated" after principal Mary Flock barred him from giving his speech at a school election rally, his parents say. 

Heyward's mother, Hattie Ruggles, claims her son was told to remove "all parts about patriotism" from his campaign speech or he would not be allowed to deliver it before the school assembly. In the speech, the student talks about the importance of showing respect to veterans during the National Anthem or when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.