Certainly this young man has every right to yell "Remember Chappaquiddick" at Ted Kennedy right before he was set to give a speech yesterday. He took offense at the introduction offered about how Kennedy "overcame adversity" in his life and decided to yell this at Senator Kennedy as a form of protest. While he is well within his rights to do so, it constitutes bad manners in my opinion. Just like the young man who asked Ann Coultier if she enjoyed being sodomized by her husband, this kind of yell-something-provocatory-on-the-way-out-the-door protest is weak and rude. If you want to engage Kennedy about his previous deeds there are other ways to do so. Senator Kennedy is a United States Senator, and as such, deserves respect because of the office he holds. He did not come to speak and absolve himself of the Chappaquiddick incident, but about something different. This attack leaves the Senator with two options....address the remark, which would take away from why he was there or ignore it. Either way it is not a fair forum to Senator Kennedy to defend himself.
Now while I believe that Senator Kennedy was intoxicated and culpable in the death of Ms. Kopechne, he has never been found guilty in a court of law and despite evidence of malfeasance, the voters of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have repeatedly elected him to his office.
Basically, anyone invited to speak should be given the respect that invitation deserves. If you want to expose Senator Kennedy, call 60 Minutes and sick them on him. Since the justice system's flaws allowed Senator Kennedy to avoid punishment for the death of Ms. Kopechne (I do not think it was murder, but callous indifference and ass-covering), just like OJ, we have to respect his rights. If OJ were speaking and we attended the speech, we should all sit down and listen. Yelling out protests is infantile and self-aggrandizing.
If the school tries to discipline this lad, Senator Kennedy should defend him. That would be the noble thing to do and might teach the young man a thing or two about decorum.