Target: Twin Peaks Charter Academy High School Principal BJ Buchmann
Goal: Formally apologize to high school valedictorian for denying him his title after he came out as gay.
Evan Young was refused the title of valedictorian based on his sexual orientation after the principal found out that his speech revealed the fact that he’s gay. This is in spite of the fact that the 18-year-old senior at Twin Peaks Charter Academy High School in Colorado achieved a 4.5 GPA which put Young at the top of his class.
Principal BJ Buchmann allegedly wanted him to take out a part of his essay where he discloses that he is gay. Young refused as “telling secrets” was a main theme in his speech. Both Young and his father claim that Principal Buchmann only notified Young a few minutes before the ceremony that his speech and his recognition as valedictorian would not be part of the graduation ceremony.
The school attests that Young failed to make the required edits to his speech and that it was canceled to “protect the solemnity of the evening and to preserve and protect the mission of the school.” The school was clearly trying to stifle Young’s voice and his right to speak at his graduation but what is even more horrifying is that Principal Buchmann allegedly called Young’s father and outed him to his parents. Please sign this petition to show your support and solidarity for Evan Young and demand an apology from the principal.
Dear Principal BJ Buchmann,
I am calling on you to apologize to Class of 2015 valedictorian Evan Young after you allegedly revoked his right to speak at graduation as well as your horrifying action of outing Young to his parents.
To out an LGBT student to their parents could have had disastrous consequences for Young and his family. The very nature of this act is violating and demonstrates that you do not respect Young as well as the surrounding LGBT community enough to respect their wishes to come out to their family on their own time.
I believe that by refusing to recognize Young as valedictorian of his class, you are denying him of his right to be recognized after years of hard work simply because he is gay as well as not wanting to do anything controversial at graduation. However, there should not be anything controversial about coming out as gay in a graduation speech.
Evan Young deserves better than how you treated him. I am calling on you to do the right thing and apologize to him for your unjust actions.
[Your Name Here]
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