Promotion Major Has His Mic CUT While Talking About His Queer Identity In Graduation Speech – .

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Promotion Major Has His Mic CUT While Talking About His Queer Identity In Graduation Speech – .


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A New Jersey high school promotion major saw his microphone cut off after stepping out of the script to talk about his gay identity and battling anorexia during his graduation speech.

Bryce Dershem, 18, stepped onto the podium in a rainbow flag gown to deliver his speech at Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees last week.

Dersham and the high school administrators had allegedly agreed on a fixed speech before the event, but the Promotion Major decided to ignore the message after taking the stage.

“After I came out as queer in first grade, I felt so lonely,” Dersham began. “I didn’t know where to turn for help. “

Video recorded by Dersham’s father shows school principal Dr Robert Tull apparently pulling a cord from the audio system, effectively silencing the teenager’s microphone.

Tull can then be seen going up on stage and taking a typed copy of Dersham’s speech out of his hands.

However, the crowd can be heard cheering in favor of the promotion major, before a back-up microphone is handed to him by another member of staff and he continues his speech.

Dersham is now bound for the prestigious Tufts University in Massachusetts, where he will specialize in French literature and studies on gender and women’s sexuality.

Bryce Dershem, 18, stepped onto the podium in a rainbow flag gown to deliver his speech at Voorhees East Regional High School last week – before his mic was suddenly cut off

Principal Dr Robert Tull can be seen taking the stage and taking a typed copy of Dersham's speech out of his hands

Principal Dr Robert Tull can be seen taking the stage and taking a typed copy of Dersham’s speech out of his hands

p class = “mol-para-with-font”> Speaking later to NBC10, Dersham said he was censored by his school.

“I felt like they were trying to regulate the message I was going to say and take away the parts of my identity that I’m really proud of,” he said.

Robert Cloutier, superintendent of the Camden County East Regional School District, told the news network that the promotion major’s speeches are meant to be “about the future of all the students in the promotion.”

“Each year, all student lecturers are helped shape their speeches, and all student speeches – which are agreed upon and approved in advance – are kept in the binder on the podium for the principal to conduct the award ceremony. diplomas, ”Cloutier said.

Dersham says that when he was preparing his speech with the school administrators, they told him to remove any reference to his mental health issues and his strange identity.

He alleges that they told him that his speech was “not a therapy session”.

But Dersham decided to go rogue on the catwalk and pulled out his own typed speech to read to the crowd.

Dersham says that when he was preparing his speech with the school administrators, they told him to remove any reference to his mental health issues and his strange identity.

Dersham says that when he was preparing his speech with the school administrators, they told him to remove any reference to his mental health issues and his strange identity.

The principal of the Eastern Regional High School, Dr. Robert Tull, is pictured

The principal of the Eastern Regional High School, Dr. Robert Tull, is pictured

After the Principal withdrew this speech, Dersham decided to speak out of the blue when the second microphone was handed to him.

“I had to accept the unapologetic version of myself,” Dersham said.

“As I struggled with my queer identity, I also struggled more and more with my mental health, which worsened with the coronavirus pandemic.

“Starting in September of senior year, I spent six months in treatment for anorexia,” he confessed. “For so long I have tried to bend, break and shrink from the expectations of society. “

“If you’ve struggled or are going to struggle, I believe you… From a once suicidal, formerly anorexic queer – trust me, a person’s belief can save a life! “

“Believe in each other, believe in the reality of mental illness… Each of you is enough. Each of you can change this world. ‘

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Robert Cloutier, superintendent of the Camden County East Regional School District, told the news network that the promotion major's speeches are meant to be

Robert Cloutier, superintendent of the East Camden County Regional School District, told the news network that the promotion major’s speeches are meant to be “on the future of all the students in the promotion.”

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