A Valedictorian's Mic Was Cut Mid-Speech. So She Posted It In Full To YouTube.

"If I can prevent this from happening to more girls, then that would be good enough for me."

Lulabel Seitz, the valedictorian at Petaluma High School in California, said that her graduation speech was censored once she began talking about how the school handled her allegation of sexual assault.

As reported by NBC News, once Seitz, 17, diverged from the text of her pre-approved speech, her mic was cut off. "My first immediate thought was just stand your ground," Seitz told CBS News. 


After the ceremony, Seitz wanted to make sure her voice was heard, and posted the full speech to YouTube.  

"The Petaluma High School administration infringed on my freedom of speech, and prevented a whole graduating class from having their message delivered, " Seitz wrote on YouTube. "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."

Last fall, Seitz reported that she had been sexually assaulted at the school to the police, but says that the school's response was insufficient.

"I was, like, there's got to be something I can do to make this change," she told CBS News. "Because if I can prevent this from happening to more girls, then that would be good enough for me."

"I have a feeling we'll be hearing a good deal more from Lulabel Seitz as the future unfolds for this extraordinary young woman," Wendy Davis, a former state senator from Texas, tweeted of Seitz's speech

According to CBS News, Seitz, a first-generation college student, will attend Stanford University in the fall. 


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