High School Valedictorian's Mic Cut When She Talks About Campus Sexual Assault

High School Valedictorian's Mic Cut When She Talks About Campus Sexual Assault

High School Valedictorian's Mic Cut When She Talks About Campus Sexual Assault

A California high school cut its valedictorian's microphone when her speech deviated from the expected script during a graduation ceremony last Saturday.

Seitz said that she was sexually assaulted on the school's campus, but administrators did nothing about it when she reported the incident.

".Which is why when some people on this campus, those same people", she continues.

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"The administration unfairly cut off my mic, and even when my classmates stood up to say that I should speak, they still did not let me finish my speech", Seitz says in the video.

About four minutes into her speech, Seitz began introducing the topic of sexual assaults.

But Seitz said she was censored, the newspaper reported. Petaluma police Lt. Tim Lyons told the Press Democrat that they can't comment on cases that involve juveniles.

But when Seitz' started to address the issue of sexual assault, specifically as she was about to say that some at the high school had silenced victims, her microphone was cut off.

Lulabel Seitz, a 17-year-old graduating senior at Petaluma High School, was perusing speeches online the night before her graduation when she found a poignant quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: "The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people".

Seitz published her full speech on YouTube, which has up to now, received more than 45,000 views.

The school has declined to comment on the alleged s‌‌‌‌e‌‌x‌‌‌u‌‌al a‌s‌sa‌u‌lt Seitz said took place on the campus previous year due to student privacy laws.

"We can say that when issues of sexual assault come to our attention, local law enforcement has initial jurisdiction and determines the course of action", the statement reads.

"If an alleged event happens off campus or on, we work to support our students with appropriate discipline, extensive counseling, and whatever measures we can take to protect our students while they are in our learning environment", officials said.

"In Lulabel's case, her approved speech didn't include any reference to an a‌ssau‌lt", he said.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the school's principal, David Stirrat, stands by the decision, saying, "We were trying to make sure our graduation ceremony was appropriate and attractive". I wasn't going to do it because they kept scaring me and threatening me.

"We're all celebrating us leaving, you know?"

Seitz added that she wasn't surprised by the school's alleged attempt to keep her quiet.

Furthermore, it is truly the journey we took to get here that makes the Class of 2018 unlike its predecessors. "We didn't let that drag us down".

Seitz had arrived at a part of her speech that touched on sexual assault allegations at the school, without naming anyone in particular, according to a video she later uploaded to YouTube.

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