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Sat Jun 15, 2019, 08:49 PM

Valedictorian Unleashes Searing Rebuke Of High School Staff In Speech

U.S. NEWS 06/15/2019 10:50 am ET
Valedictorian Unleashes Searing Rebuke Of High School Staff In Speech
“To my counselor: Thank you for teaching me to fend for myself,” said Nataly Buhr at San Ysidro High School’s graduation ceremony.

By Amy Russo

A San Diego high school valedictorian began her graduation speech as most do ― by thanking her parents and role models. Then she unleashed a firestorm of criticism against her guidance counselor, main office staff and a teacher she accused of being drunk on the job.

Nataly Buhr, a San Ysidro High School senior, elicited a roar of shouts and applause from her peers in the crowd during the June 6 commencement ceremony when she called out “the teacher who was regularly intoxicated during class this year.”

“Thank you for using yourself as an example to teach students about the dangers of alcoholism,” she quipped. “Being escorted by police out of school left a lasting impression. I hope that future students and staff learn from these examples.”

Buhr also thanked her counselor for “teaching me to fend for myself,” deriding the employee as practically useless.

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https://www.huffpost.com/entry/san-ysidro-high-school-valedictorian-speech_n_5d04f011e4b0dc17ef0a8b20



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Judi Lynn Jun 15 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 15 #1
DavidDvorkin Jun 15 #2
UpInArms Jun 15 #3
elleng Jun 16 #6
demigoddess Jun 15 #4
DavidDvorkin Jun 15 #5
Blue_Tires Jun 17 #7
Archae Jun 17 #8

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 08:59 PM

1. I read this today in the LA Times! It was right on and hilarious.

The school's administrators hardly knew how to react. Obviously the young lady had done her homework.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 09:30 PM

2. To my parents and I

Ouch.

Amusing, but that's bad coming from a valedictorian.

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 10:02 PM

3. More failure of education

Not teaching correct grammar

The quality of speech is poor ... sigh

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Response to UpInArms (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 01:19 AM

6. So MUCH of that these days!

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 11:19 PM

4. Are you saying it was a joke? Even a valedictorian is allowed to speak

to power. And the people cya-ing. I knew a principal who hired only his former students as teachers in his school. I know a few were bad teachers for the class. They were teaching gifted program and did not know how to do that. Lousy teachers. It happens.

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Response to demigoddess (Reply #4)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 11:24 PM

5. Why would you think I'm saying it's a joke?

She was quite serious, and it appears that what she said needed to be said. I was expressing disappointment at her poor grammar. Her error is an increasingly common one, and it's not one a valedictorian should make.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 04:22 PM

7. It was in poor taste when Michael Jordan did it

and it's in poor taste here, imo...

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 11:48 PM

8. I wish someone would have given a speech like this when I graduated.

I had a teacher who was (probably) gay and flirted with guys in his classes.

But what really burned me was how the athletes got favorable treatment.
Always.

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