As a joke, popular students at Oakville Trafalgar High School in Ontario elected a nerd to give the valedictory speech at their graduation. Andrew Ironside threw out his cliche-ridden speech and told classmates they’d been snobs and jerks. The National Post named Ironside one of its courageous Canadians of the year:
. . . Mr. Ironside — dressed at his mother’s insistence in a crisp white dress shirt and black tie — paused and crumpled up the paper that held his carefully typed string of cliches.
“A lot of you were jerks,” he informed the rows of 18-year-olds, dressed in oversized suits and undersized skirts.
“I wasn’t thinking of a specific person, just people in general,” he remembers of the following indictment he issued against a high school atmosphere of snobbery and exclusion.
Via Education News.