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Sen. Bernie Sanders Graduation Speaker Rumor False


A rumor spread through social media claimed that U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders had been prevented from speaking at the Burlington High School graduation.

That rumor is entirely false, according to Principal Tracy Racicot and a statement released by the district.

A post to the Support Our Burlington Schools Facebook page yesterday said that the Vermont senator was planning on speaking at the graduation ceremony, but was prevented by administration. Users speculated the cause of the decision, with some saying that it was an attempt to remain non-partisan.

Racicot said in an email that “there is absolutely no truth” to the rumor.

A statement from the district clarified that the two organizations have not been in contact.

“A rumor circulating on social media that BHS Principal Tracy Racicot turned down a request by Sen. Bernie Sanders to speak at graduation is completely false,” the statement reads.”The High School and Sen. Sanders staff have not had any discussions on this topic.”

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Alexandre Silberman, 18, is a reporter and multimedia journalist. Outside of the BHS Register, his work has appeared in publications such as USA TODAY, the Huffington Post, the Burlington Free Press, the Addison County Independent and Kids VT Magazine. He is a former Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholar, and runner up for National High School Journalist of the Year. Alexandre received the Journalism Education Association’s Student Journalist Impact Award for his reporting on teacher contract negotiations. He currently serves as an Los Angeles Times HS Insider Youth Advisory Board Member. In April 2016, Alexandre travelled to Cuba to document the first American youth baseball exchange since the embargo. He enjoys hiking and reading in his spare time.


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