Seventeen year old Lulabel Seitz, the first in her family to graduate from high school and the class valedictorian at Petaluma High School in CA, started to give her speech at graduation when her mic was cut off.
In a video posted on YouTube, Lulabel shares what happened when the mic went dead (4:04) and gives the speech she intended to give… uncensored.
“The Petaluma High School administration infringed on my freedom of speech, and prevented a whole graduating class from having their message delivered. For weeks, they have threatened me against ‘speaking against them’ in my speech. Sometimes we know what’s right and have to do it despite the threats. Watch the whole uncensored version here as well as the aftermath of them cutting my mic!”
According to The San Francisco Chronicle, school principal David Stirrat, stands by the decision, saying, “We were trying to make sure our graduation ceremony was appropriate and beautiful.”
Lulabel’s speech talks about the obstacles and challenges that the class of 2018 faced during the school year, including a reference to a student’s sexual assault allegations at school, which is when the mic was turned off.
The speech on YouTube currently has 332,550 views and climbing – that’s a lot more than those who were in attendance at the graduation! They should have just #LetHerSpeak.
Lulabel has plans to attend Stanford University in the fall.