A San Diego high school student’s valedictorian graduation speech is going viral after she spoke out about her disappointment from school staff.
San Ysidro High School senior, Nataly Buhr, spoke in front of her graduating class and their family on June 6th during the graduation ceremony. She began her speech thanking people who have influenced her over the past four years.
However, the speech took an unexpected turn when she called out 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."
She then went on to call out office staff, saying "Thank you for teaching me how to be resourceful. Your negligence to inform me of several scholarships until the day before they were due potentially caused me to miss out on thousands of dollars. When applying for a work permit, you repeatedly turned me away, despite confirming with my employer and my parents that all of my paperwork was filled out correctly. I’ve had to escalate issues with staff to an assistant principal various times to reach any sort of solution."
Finally, she called out her teacher, where she said, "To the teacher that was regularly intoxicated during class this year, thank you for using yourself to teach these students about the dangers of alcoholism. Being escorted out of school left a lasting impression." The audience responded with gasps and an applause.
Nataly’s mom fully supports her daughter’s actions and said, “I was proud that she spoke up and got it out,” she told CBS8. “It is something that takes a lot courage to do.”