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School Apologizes to Santorum, Invites Him to Speak

By Todd Starnes

A Michigan high school issued an apology to former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum after they canceled an upcoming speech because teachers were outraged over his support for traditional marriage.

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The principal at Grosse Pointe High School said students will need a permission slip from parents to attend the April 24th address.

“I’ve learned some things here. I wish we could wind back the clock a bit on this,” Principal Matt Outlaw told The Associated Press.

“I spoke to the senator. I apologized for the situation,” Outlaw said. “He’s very excited to come here. He mentioned that he’s been to the Grosse Pointe community many times. … We think we’ll have a very large crowd.”

The former Pennsylvania senator and former presidential candidate had been invited by the high school’s Young Americans for Freedom club.

 

Langston Bowens, 18, the president of the YAF chapter, told Fox News that he was not surprised by the campus outrage.

“They flooded my principal’s office and complained about how this bigoted, racist homophobic speaker was going to come to our school,” he said. “They were very offended. They threatened protests. They threatened not to show up to work – because he’s a conservative.”

Bowens said the young conservative student worked hard to raise the money to bring Santorum to campus and the school’s principal actually signed off on the address.

It was the superintendent, he said, that pulled the plug.

“Our school is liberal and not very conservative-friendly,” the teenager told Fox News. “We’re called bigoted, racist and stupid because we are conservatives.”

Although, Bowens said he can’t help but laugh when someone calls him a racist – that’s because he’s African-American.

“It’s really funny to hear that phrase – ‘bigoted and racist’—when you are a conservative black American,” he said.

Tragone said it’s sad that Gross Pointe teachers don’t want to expose their students to different opinions.

“Their job is to teach the students and cultivate minds – certainly to be the mediator of discussions,” he said. “It seems they don’t want to do that. They don’t want his opinions even articulated.”

Santorum posted a statement denouncing the school for initially canceling his speech.

It’s a sad day when liberal educators are allowed to influence young minds – extending free speech rights only to those who share their liberal views,” Santorum said in a statement posted on Patriot Voices. “This has nothing to do with the content of a speech, but rather the context of my convictions.”