Students — particularly the ones who worked hard to raise the $18,000 — charge that school officials eighty-sixed Santorum’s appearance and subsequently decided to require parental permission slips because Santorum opposes gay marriage and has generally conservative views.

Adam Tragone, a Young America’s Foundation spokesman, told The Daily Caller in an email that Thomas Harwood, superintendent of Grosse Pointe’s schools, canceled the appearance after receiving several messages from teachers concerning Santorum’s stances on marriage and education.

“Superintendent Harwood is injecting his own personal views into the situation and subsequently keeping students from hearing from an American public policy leader discuss the importance of being a leader in their school and community,” YAF vice president Patrick X. Coyle said.

School district officials reject this characterization of events.