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    4/22/2013 12:03:40 PM Posted by Adam Tragone

    Per The Detroit News:

    Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum's visit with students at a Grosse Pointe high school on Wednesday will be followed by a special one-hour session open to the public.

    District officials said Monday morning that after Santorum completes his 45-minute speech on leadership to students and staff at Grosse Pointe South High School, the former U.S. senator will remain at the school from 3:30-4:30 p.m. for a question-and-answer style forum that anyone can attend.

    The decision to add the second event came after the district received hundreds of inquiries and requests to attend Santorum's speech at 12:45 p.m., which is open only to students and staff. He is to speak on leadership and community service.

    The event, that was set to be just a normal speech, will draw hundreds of more students and media because of the contentious decision to originally cancel the event. Superintendent Thomas Harwood canceled the event because his personal reservations over Santorum's stances on traditional marriage and education. Not more than 48 hours later, the district reversed its decision after a media firestorm, fueled by parents who were outraged at the infringement on free speech.

    More from the News story:

    South student Peter Fox said Monday the student club Young Americans for Freedom asked the district to add the public event to create the opportunity for parents and other members of the community to hear Santorum's views.

    "I can tell you that with the support we've received, the number will be great," Fox said.

    The Q&A session will begin at 3:30 PM and it's open to the public.

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