When San Ysidro high school valedictorian Nataly Buhr delivered her graduation speech, she didn’t hold back. The fiery remarks she made about her guidance counselor and a teacher whom she accused of regularly being intoxicated during class caused her classmates to gasp and cover their mouths. The school district wasn’t happy with her scathing remarks, either. A spokesperson reportedly said that while they welcome students’ concerns, airing them at graduation without prior approval was inappropriate and out of place.
Buhr is now a sophomore at the University of California, San Diego, where she’s pursuing her degree in political science. She’s also a member of several student-run organizations and is involved with the Associated Students and Triton Lobby Corps. Her adamant approach to speaking her mind is proving to be an asset in her future endeavors.
She’s not alone in taking a bold approach to her speech; other graduating seniors have also used their big platform to criticize the school system. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and Dallas high school valedictorian Rooha Hagha are just two of the prominent women who’ve gone against convention to passionately speak their minds in front of their peers.