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04/10/2013 12:51 pm ET | Updated Apr 10, 2013

Rick Santorum Speech At Michigan High School Assembly Canceled, Then Rescheduled (UPDATE)

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R) chastised officials at a Michigan High School for canceling an assembly where he was scheduled to speak.

The event, planned for April 24 at Grosse Pointe South High School, was supposed to feature an address by the former GOP presidential hopeful on leadership. Patch reports the assembly was canceled after district officials were denied a copy of the former GOP presidential hopeful's speech.

Santorum released the following statement on the cancelation:

"It's a sad day when liberal educators are allowed to influence young minds - extending free speech rights only to those who share their liberal views. I support traditional marriage; I believe marriage should be between one man and one woman. I'm not sure what the administrators in the Grosse Pointe Public School System are afraid of, but these students deserve the respect to form their own opinion on this important issue.

"Furthermore, anyone who has ever seen me speak knows I rarely use prepared text. In the case of Grosse Pointe High School - I was never asked for a copy of a speech, nor did I send one. This has nothing to do with the content of a speech, but rather the context of my convictions."

District spokeswoman Rebecca Fannon cited other reasons for the cancelation, including the fact that "school-day activities should remain neutral given the district is public and such a speaker is not neutral," according to Patch.

UPDATE -- 4:21 p.m.: Detroit News' Jennifer Chambers reports Santorum's speech at Grosse Point South High School is back on. School officials say parents will be allowed to choose whether to send their child to the April 24 event as part of a compromise over Santorum's speech.

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