Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

High School Valedictorian's Mic Cut When She Talks About Campus Sexual Assault

High School Valedictorian's Mic Cut When She Talks About Campus Sexual Assault

A California high school valedictorian was abruptly cut off when she tried to speak about sexual assault during her graduation speech, according to reports.

Seitz says she wanted to use her graduation address at Petaluma High School to remind her classmates of the obstacles they've overcome.

"They pulled me out of my last class in high school to say, 'You can't speak about how we treat sexual assault victims, '" Seitz told BuzzFeed. Faint chants of "Let her speak" start coming from the audience of students.

She also said that she was warned not mention it her in speech. "We have all achieved unlikely dreams". Then, her mic was purposefully cut off.

Seitz planned to bring up her account of a student that assaulted her last fall, she told ABC News. "I was just saying some people, it was very vague", she said.

The teenager claims her school continually censors students, adding, "It wasn't an easy thing to do to get up there and say what I sad - or tried to say". Refusing to be silenced, Seitz later recorded the full speech and uploaded it to YouTube herself, where she said: "And even learning on a campus in which some people defend perpetrators of sexual assault, and silence their victims, we didn't let that drag us down". "The class of 2018 has demonstrated time and time again that we may be a new generation but we are not too young to speak up, to dream, and to create change".

The graduate told KPIX that she was sexually assaulted on campus grounds and schools officials failed to take any action.

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"Her approved speech didn't include any reference to an assault", he tells the Washington Post. "We certainly would have considered such an addition, provided no individuals were named or defamed".

But about four minutes into her speech at the school's graduation ceremony on June 2, the microphone she was speaking into was disconnected.

"The Petaluma High School administration infringed on my freedom of speech, and prevented a whole graduating class from having their message delivered", she writes on YouTube. I wasn't going to do it because they kept scaring me and threatening me. Seventeen-year-old Lulabel Seitz says her mic was turned off when she spoke about an alleged sexual assault.

But #MeToo activist and actress Mira Sorvino stood up for the teen.

But video from the event shows that about four minutes into her speech, her mic was cut.

"If the school is providing the forum, then the school has the ability to have some control over the message", Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Dave Rose told the paper. But it is not as hard knowing that we have made an impact on each other and the world around us and we will not be forgotten as a whole, ' she said, in part.

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