EDUCATION

Lawyer says Colorado school that blocked gay valedictorian's speech didn't discriminate

FILE - In this May 31, 2015 file photo, Twin Peaks Charter Academy senior Evan Young reads his valedictorian speech, which he had been barred from reading during Twin Peaks Academy's 2015 commencement ceremony,  during an event in in Boulder, Colo., sponsored by the nonprofit Out Boulder. The Twin Peaks Charter Academy, which prevented Young, a gay valedictorian, from coming out during his commencement speech, hired an outside attorney to investigate its decision, who found that the school didn't discriminate by blocking the speech. (Jonathan Castner/The Daily Camera via AP, file)

FILE - In this May 31, 2015 file photo, Twin Peaks Charter Academy senior Evan Young reads his valedictorian speech, which he had been barred from reading during Twin Peaks Academy's 2015 commencement ceremony, during an event in in Boulder, Colo., sponsored by the nonprofit Out Boulder. The Twin Peaks Charter Academy, which prevented Young, a gay valedictorian, from coming out during his commencement speech, hired an outside attorney to investigate its decision, who found that the school didn't discriminate by blocking the speech. (Jonathan Castner/The Daily Camera via AP, file)  (The Associated Press)

A school that pulled a graduation speech by a valedictorian who wanted to disclose his sexual orientation didn't discriminate by blocking the speech.

That's the conclusion of an outside attorney hired by Twin Peaks Charter Academy to investigate the decision.

The conclusion will be sent to the St. Vrain Valley school board. The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/1VHHFoe ) that the school board is expected to review the report next month.

Eighteen-year-old valedictorian Evan Young was blocked this spring from giving a graduation speech in which he planned to out himself as gay, prompting criticism from gay rights activists.

The Twin Peaks board is sharing the lawyer's conclusion along with a note decrying opponents for trying to "twist this situation into a politically polarizing gay and lesbian issue."

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Information from: Daily Camera, http://www.dailycamera.com/