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DETROIT (CBS Detroit) Former vice presidential candidate Rick Santorum gave a speech Wednesday at Grosse Pointe South High School after “tremendous pressure” from parents and students to allow it.

But the drama didn’t come from the conservative topics some expected.

There was reportedly an incident with a student, who was detained after Tweeting from inside the building, “Hey Mr. Santorum, can you sign this bomb for me?” The student was kept out of the auditorium and taken into police custody to await his parents.

Before the event, some were afraid the ultra-conservative candidate would say something offensive, and he refused to provide his speech to parents in advance, but his speech focused on the upbeat. Watch a video of the speech HERE.

“I would just make the comment that the greatest aspect … when it comes to leadership is how you’re preparing yourself as a person and what beast are you feeding,” Santorum said. “The beast that wins in the end is the beast you feed, habits matter.”

He gave a nod to tony Grosse Pointe and talked up the school itself, saying, “If you really want to be a great leader and I suspect many of you, if not most of you, are going to be in a leadership role in your country … This is Grosse Pointe South, 95 percent of you are going to college.”

“You’ve been blessed, you’ve been blessed incredibly.”

Santorum, a Pennsylvania Republican, served in Congress for 16 years before his  unsuccessful run for president alongside Mitt Romney. Grosse Pointe South said students raised $18,000 to pay for the visit.

WWJ Newsradio 950′s Sandra McNeil spoke with Adam Tragone, with Young Americans for Freedom, which invited Santorum.

He claims Grosse Pointe Schools Superintendent Thomas Harwood decided to cancel the speech fearing it would be “divisive” and “extreme.” But he later relented.

“Dr. Harwood specifically said that he had a lot of problems with Senator Santorum’s views on traditional marriage and on education, Tragon said, adding he saw it as a free speech issue.

Santorum has agreed to take part in a Q & A session with students following his speech.

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