Keaton Fuller's Thank You
5.11.12 To: The Prince of Peace Student Body and Staff Re: Thank You
First of all, I would like to say that I have been in awe of the tremendous amount of support that I have received from you this week. I can’t begin to explain how much it meant to me to hear all of the supportive and encouraging things that many of you have expressed to me. This has been a challenging and stressful time, but hearing so much positive feedback made it significantly easier to keep moving forward. I couldn’t have made it to this point without every one of you. As I leave Prince of Peace, it’s comforting to know that this experience may make it easier for the next gay student who attends this school.
Please know that this week has not been about me. Rather, it has been about recognizing that everybody deserves to be treated equally, regardless of any differences we may have. This school has taught us time and time again that we are all made equally, and we all must continue to spread that message through our words and our actions. Mutual respect for one another is essential if we are all to coexist peacefully.
I’m pleased to confirm that an agreement has been reached concerning the issue of my scholarship presentation. I congratulate Bishop Amos and the Eychaner Foundation for respectfully discussing the situation and agreeing to have a school representative read the scholarship presentation and a scholarship committee member will hand me the Eagle Statue. Keeping the discussions civil and focused allowed an agreement to be reached.
Now, I would like nothing more than to be able to move on and celebrate graduation. I’ve never wanted the graduation ceremony on May 20th to be about just me, or this issue. It is about twenty-two incredible individuals, all of whom deserve to be honored equally for our hard work and accomplishments. I am very proud to be a part of the Prince of Peace graduating class of 2012, and it is with them that I wish to experience the rest of my senior year to the fullest.
Keaton M. Fuller