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Santorum: Grosse Pointe Students Future Leaders

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(credit: Sandra McNeil/WWJ)

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GROSSE POINTE FARMS (WWJ/AP) - Ex-Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has congratulated students at an affluent metro Detroit high school on their high college attendance rate and tells them they’re bound for leadership roles in America.

Santorum got a standing ovation Wednesday from 1,000 students at Grosse Pointe South High School in Grosse Pointe Farms.

School administrators earlier scratched Santorum’s speech, saying they weren’t certain it would focus on leadership and community service.
They later apologized and reversed the decision while adding the condition that parents OK their children’s attendance.

The ex-Pennsylvania U.S. senator said the students should be proud that 95 percent of their graduates attend college, compared with 30 percent nationwide.

He called them “blessed” and said there’s no question they’ll end up being leaders, and the only question is what field.

Following his speech to students, Santorum spoke again to a room open to the public.

One woman in the audience — who described herself as a Grosse Pointer who sometimes votes Democratic — caused a stir when she told Santorum his party were “a bunch of racists.” She drew jeers from the crowd.

Meantime, police were questioning a student after he used to the word “bomb” in a tweet referencing Santorum. The student was removed from the campus.

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