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  • Michigan H.S. YAF Chapter Achieves Major Free Speech Victory

    4/12/2013 11:17:51 AM Posted by Patrick Coyle
    By Brendan Pringle

     breitbart-stroblAfter a year-long free speech battle, the Young Americans for Freedom chapter at Grosse Pointe North High School has finally received approval for a flyer campaign that was rejected by former principal Tim Bearden.

    In March 2012, the school's YAF chapter president, Grant Strobl, requested Bearden's approval of a "Respect ALL Women" flyer campaign, which highlighted conservative women like, Michelle Malkin and Sarah Palin, who had been verbally attacked by the Left. The campaign was an effort to celebrate Women's History Month.

    After glancing at one of the flyers, however, Mr. Bearden deemed it "vitriolic" and "inappropriate," and barred the chapter from posting the fliers. Interestingly enough, the "Black Power" display in the main campus bulletin board didn't have to go through the same approval process as the "Respect ALL Women" posters, permitting liberal staff members to put up "politically-related statements" without direct permission.

    Grant fought back and exposed this hypocrisy of this decision on the Young America's Foundation blog. It was subsequently picked up by several news outlets, including Breitbart, The Daily Caller and Yahoo.

    One year later, Grant has continued his fight and emerged victorious. Bearden has been relieved of his duties, and the current principal-Mrs. Murray-has allowed the posters to be placed on school walls with some minor adjustments to the original plan.

    Murray requested that the YAF chapter post the "Define Yourself" posters next to all the "Respect All Women" posters in order to put them "in context."

    The posters have been placed in the showcase at Grosse Pointe North, and have generated a significant amount of campus dialogue.

    "We feel that this is a good step towards free speech and civic minded discussions on campus," Grant commented." Grant commented. "These posters will provide the intellectual diversity that education has been lacking." 

    Brendan Pringle is a development officer at Young America's Foundation

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