Joshua ISD Apologizes to Silenced Valedictorian Remington Reimer. Sort of.

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It was clear from the moment Joshua ISD officials cut the mic on Remington Reimer's Jesus-referencing valedictory speech that his case would be trotted out as an example of a Christian being persecuted for expressing his religious beliefs. Doubly so once Plano's Liberty Institute got involved. It wasn't so clear-cut, of course, but such debates tend to drown out or ignore any nuance.

Nevertheless, a week after Reimer took to the local airwaves to criticize the school district for illegally silencing free speech, he and the district seem to have patched things up.

See also
- Joshua ISD Cut its Valedictorian's Mic Last Night, But Maybe Not for Talking About God
- Silenced Joshua ISD Valedictorian Speaks Out, With an Assist from Plano's Liberty Institute

Superintendent Fran Marek released a statement on Thursday apologizing to Reimer:

On behalf of the school district, I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to Mr. Todd Reimer and Remington Reimer for any interpretation of a threat by Mr. Cochran in expressing his displeasure at a meeting on Friday morning between Mr. Todd Reimer and Mr. Cochran following Remington Reimer's valedictory address. The District has never intended to nor will take punitive action against Remington Reimer for deviating from the prior-reviewed speech. The District endorses Remington Reimer's appointment to the Naval Academy and wishes him success for all future endeavors in his naval career. District officials will ensure that district policy is followed at future graduation ceremonies.

Notice how Marek carefully avoids saying sorry for actually silencing the speech. She seems keen not to backtrack on her previous claims that the decision was legal and complied with district policy on student expression. Rather, she is apologizing for the actions of Joshua High School Principal Mick Cochran, who reportedly threatened to contact the Naval Academy to inform them of his poor character.

But that's good enough for Reimer and his attorney, the Liberty Institute's Hiram Sasser.

"I don't think we'll ever know all the particulars of why the microphone was cut off, but at the end of the day, they apologized, they did the right thing and we can move on from here," Sasser told Fox 4.

And with that, Reimergate -- Remingtongate? Micgate? Nomoregatesgate? -- comes to a surprisingly quick and merciful end.

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pimensus
pimensus

i am a student from joshua isd, and this has enraged me. i was there that day, and i never knew that the mic was actually cut off on purpose, and i just found out the truth behind the incident. the school board are hypocrites, if they were truly sorry, they should have let rimer address the graduating class again, and let us, the students know what was happening, instead of keeping us ignorant. 

Obummer
Obummer

Yo as long as Sandra Fluke be get’in her free birf controls pills what diff’ do it make?

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

THE WOMAN IS MERELY A FOOLISH TURD WHO INHERITED HER JOB WHEN THE REAL SUP RETIRED ABRUPTLY.   SHE NEEDS TO HAVE 20 LASHES WITH A CANE....WHAT A MAROON.

nammer
nammer

poor Christians...they can barely take time out from persecuting others to complain about their own persecution.  Give me a break...and whoever named this little douchebag-in-training should be slapped

ptmoore2012
ptmoore2012

Remington will find that in the military they take a dim view of someone who does not follow the rules.

He won't have his right wing friends to defend him. While he is welcome to his religious beliefs his decision to try to impose them on others in the audience who do not share those beliefs was the problem. I'm sure the same folks who defended him would take the same time and effort to defend a Muslim students who wanted to express his or her religious views.    

if6were9
if6were9

Reimer's attorney is correct. Let's all move on...

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

"It was clear from the moment Joshua ISD officials cut the mic on Remington Reimer's Jesus-referencing valedictory speech that his case would be trotted out as an example of a Christian being persecuted for expressing his religious beliefs."

While I'm no saint you must admit, it is easy in this day and age to kick a Christian.  

They are not a protected class.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

The Joshua folks had some time to actually use their brains and think about the stupid move they made.

EastDallasP1
EastDallasP1

Can this complete and total non-story go away now? So sick of hearing about it.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

@shwhitley STILL LIVING WITH YOUR SEXUAL PARTNER, FRANCIS THE TALKING MULE, SHWHITLEY?

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

@ptmoore2012 THE MILITARY WILL WELCOME HIM FOR HIS ASSERTIVENESS AND COURAGE...THEY DO NOT, CONTRARY TO YOUR FOOLISH RANT, WANT A BUNCH OF MERELY FOLLOWING IDIOTS...THEY WANT LEADERSHIP OUT OF THE MILITARY ACADEMIES...PLENTY OF JERKWAD ENLISTED HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUTS TO DIG THE LATRINES.

bifftannen
bifftannen

@holmantx The poor things. 200 years, and it all falls apart. I'd shed a tear, but I can't find the moisture.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Mormons are fun to punt too.

Jews and Muslims, not so much.

observist
observist topcommenter

@EastDallasP1  Lest we be flooded with reports of microphones being turned off at high schools across the Metroplex.

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