This story brings back memories. A Nevada high school student had her microphone cut off during her valedictory speech because she veered off the school-sanctioned text and mentioned her faith.
Back in 1985, I was elected to give a graduation speech. But school officials vetted every word, scrubbing away anything they found objectionable.
Five years later, my brother was elected to give a graduation address and his speech faced similar scrutiny. So he wrote two speeches — one for the censors and another to actually deliver on Graduation Day. No one (except the censors) realized they were witnessing an act of defiance as he spoke. The uncensored speech was so tame that it raised absolutely no eyebrows. My brother knew it was possible that they’d cut his microphone, but figured they’d be afraid to do so because it would focus public attention on their censorship.