My infamous talk at Howard High school that got me removed from the building by the Principal


14 years ago, I gave the Howard High Class of 2001 Commencement Speech.

This was my chance to say the things I wish I'd known to say back then. Unfortunately, I was told by the Principal that she was embarrassed by my language and told me I would never be invited back. This is the same language I use in most of my talks and in my bestseller, Without Their Permission, so it's how I addressed this room of Juniors and Seniors. Needless to say, I was disappointed when my dad & I were escorted out of the building by order of the Principal. I wanted to stay and take some more selfies with students, but so it goes.


I've since gotten tremendous support via facebook, twitter, instagram and reddit -- including from many of the students and their parents. Thank you. I'm going to keep speaking my mind and you all will go and be amazing, just be true to yourself and give lots of damns about whatever it is you do.

And even though I'm never coming back: Go Lions.
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Pretty damn good speech for a teenager... Little did she know 14 years later! You should go pay her a visit :) In school, I knew my principle very well, for all the wrong reasons.
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I guess I'm missing the scandal in the words? What specifically was the principal's problem?
Ironic you complain about being censored/punished by the principal, but your site Reddit is the epitome of censorship. @Jimmy said "I guess I'm missing the scandal in the words? What specifically was the principal's problem? " -- Funny a lot of shadowbanned/downvoted Reddit users ask the same thing. Alexis is the eptiome of a hypocrite.
Great lines: keep speaking my mind and you all will go and be amazing, just be true to yourself and give lots of damns about whatever it is you do.
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