Joshua ISD Apologizes to Valedictorian

Friday, Jun 21, 2013  |  Updated 9:28 AM CDT
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Joshua Independent School District Superintendent Fran Marek apologized to Remington Reimer after meeting with him and his attorney Thursday.

Ben Russell, NBC 5 News

Joshua Independent School District Superintendent Fran Marek apologized to Remington Reimer after meeting with him and his attorney Thursday.

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The Joshua Independent School District has apologized to a high-school valedictorian whose microphone was switched off during a graduation ceremony when he deviated from prepared remarks.

Superintendent Fran Marek apologized to Remington Reimer after meeting with him and his attorney Thursday.

Marek released this statement on the Joshua ISD website:

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.

Fran Marek, Superintendent
Joshua ISD

Reimer's microphone was switched off during the June 6 ceremony after he deviated from prepared remarks and began talking about his religious beliefs.

He also alleged that his principal threatened to contact the U.S. Naval Academy, where Reimer has been accepted, to complain about his bad character. But Marek said "the district has never intended to, nor will take, punitive action."

Reimer says he's thankful and knew the school district would support him.

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