Gringo View: “We cannot stay silent”

Wouldn’t any institution of higher learning wish to have Paxton Smith as a student, an inspiration to the community, a symbol of responsible citizenry in troubled times? The answer, sadly, is almost certainly “no”.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) If I were the admissions head of any great university, more than trying to attract high school football or basketball stars, I’d move heaven and earth to recruit students like Paxton Smith, the valedictorian at Lake Highlands High School in Dallas.

"I cannot give up this platform to promote complacency and peace when there is a war on my body and a war on my rights," Smith said in the courageous speech she had secretly written to replace the anodyne text the school administration had approved.

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