Spencer High School Grad Stopped From Religious Reference In Speech

A central Wisconsin public high school student was prevented from sharing her religious beliefs during her graduation speech.

So, she contacted the Liberty Counsel in Florida, a nonprofit group promoting religious freedom.

It sent a letter to the Spencer School District, contending that censoring a graduation speech is unconstitutional. Liberty Counsel attorney Mathew Staver told the school it needs to remain neutral on the issue. He says the school shouldn't force a student to talk about religion, nor should it disallow any mention of religion in a speech.

Superintendent Dave Wessel says school administrators felt the audience at a graduation is captive, and some people might not be comfortable listening to a religious message.

Senior Mariam Cattanach wrote and delivered a second speech, which did mention God and Jesus.