Middle schooler reportedly barred from giving this patriotic speech, now his mom is on a mission

A troubling story out of Huntington Beach, California alleges that a school principal would not let a student read a speech that mentioned patriotism — the speech being his push as a candidate for “Commissioner of School Spirit and Patriotism.”

The woman said in a Change.org petition calling for the resignation of St. Bonaventure Catholic School Principal Mary Flock that her son, identified as Jimmy Heyward, decided to run for the seat but quickly found himself at odds with the principal when he patterned his campaign around Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.

“The Principal, Mary Flock, told him he needed to make changes to his speech,” the upset mother wrote. “She wanted everything in his speech regarding patriotism to be removed, even though ‘Patriotism’ was a part of the position’s title that he was running for. Ms Flock said that if he did not remove ALL parts about patriotism, he would not be able to read his speech with the rest of the candidates.

In his speech, Jimmy talks about his love for America and how it is “an honor” to live in the United States, noting that some people take their citizenship for granted.

“I can promise to make pep rallies great again,” he concluded. “I will make the school spirit great again. I will make patriotism within SBS great again. And mostly, I will make SBS great again.”

As seen below, Jimmy was wearing a red hat with the same message as read his speech:

“Jimmy stood up to her and said he wasn’t going to take the parts about patriotism out of his speech,” she continued. [Mrs. Flock] then told him he would not be speaking. Jimmy sat on stage with all the other candidates while they said their speeches.”

The mother said the principal “directed the kids hosting the rally to skip Jimmy entirely,” adding that her son “was on the stage for an hour in front of his peers/teachers/parents being completely humiliated by Mary Flock.”

She further explained that her husband was also targeted, but said he found support among the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) when they were called.

“My husband, upset with her decision, told her and the Vice Principal, Caleb McFarren how out of line they were for not allowing Jimmy to speak to his classmates just because his views didn’t align with theirs,” the mother wrote. “They told my husband to leave or they would call someone to make him leave. He said he wouldn’t as he was there to support his son and then walked to the opposite side of the gate, away from everyone else and all students/faculty.”

“The principal then proceeded to call HBPD to further humiliate Jimmy. HBPD showed up spoke with my husband and got the whole story about Jimmy’s speech and what had happened. They then told him he was free to stay and watch with the rest of the families in attendance,” she explained. “When the officers were leaving they asked Ed to let Jimmy know that they said ‘Thank you’ for the things he wrote in his speech.”

In calling for Flock to step down, the mother said that the principal “sent an email to all parents at SBS informing them of the incident but completely lying about what truly happened earlier in the day. This woman has no business being in a head position at our school, or any school.”

The petition has 1, 109 signatures out of a requested 1,500, as of this writing.

The story caught the attention of X owner Elon Musk, who replied: “Hating on America is not cool.”

Here’s a quick sampling of other responses, as seen on the social media platform:

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