Students attend controversial Rick Santorum assembly at Grosse Pointe South high school

GROSSE POINTE FARMS , Mich. (WXYZ) - It was the controversial assembly that almost didn't happen because of its possible political nature. Wednesday former Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum addressed students at Grosse Pointe South High School.

"It isn't just being a leader, It is what you chose to lead that will make a difference in what happens in this country," said Santorum as he addressed students.

His topic was leadership, but perhaps the real lesson in leadership came before the assembly.

Students with the conservative group Young Americans for Freedom organized the event.  They say they ran into trouble when school leaders became concerned that Santorum may deliver too conservative a message.

They protested, and the school came up with a compromise. Students would be allowed to go to the assembly if they got permission from their parents.   A majority of students brought in those signed permission slips and attended.

"They showed leadership," said Santorum of the students who made the event possible.

Santorum also said the school never asked him to edit himself.

During the speech there were some political statements.  Santorum mentioned he believes President Barack Obama should do more to address potential conflict with Iran.  He also talked about his views on welfare and welfare reform.

For the majority of the time though Santorum talked about perseverance, working hard, finding your calling, and being a leader.

Students in the crowd showed respect. 

Police were called to the school during the event because of a  tweet sent out by a student not at the assembly.  To read more about that perceived threat read the attached story.

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