This has to be every High School students dream. A captive audience and time to vent your truth-telling. And while not everyone could be expected to accept what was said without some skew ala teenage angst and filters, this student was the class Valedictorian.
It gives her a bit of credibility.
San Ysidro High School senior Nataly Buhr opened her June 6 speech in typical fashion – thanking her parents for their “endless love,” acknowledging the memories shared with her friends, and mentioning a handful of teachers for being ‘invested in the students.’
Then, Buhr went scorched earth.
Buhr began by unloading on her counselor, to whom she said: “Thanks for teaching me to fend for myself: You were always unavailable to my parents and I, despite appointments. … You expressed to me your joy in knowing that one of your students was valedictorian, when you had absolutely no role in my achievements.
The School District was not happy and immediately went into CYA mode but as she’d already graduated, so there isn’t much they could do. As in, nothing but be embarrassed and blame-shift. Which of course they did.
Sweetwater Union High School District spokesman Manuel Rubio said that the valedictorian’s went off script from her approved remarks. … Ultimately this takes away from what should have been a day of celebration for the school and their community.”
I get the feeling it added something.
Here are the “critical” three minutes. Not great delivery but it’s the thought that counts.
H/T Jim Kofalt