Petaluma High School valedictorian Lulabel Seitz says her microphone was cut off in the middle of her speech when she tried to talk about being sexually assaulted at school.
“Because 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. Which is why, even when some people on this campus, those same people …”
The 17-year-old graduate says she was sexually assaulted on campus by someone she knew but school administrators did not take action despite her complaints and was warned not to mention it in her speech.
The school district released a statement on the matter:
“We can say that when issues of sexual assault come to our attention, local law enforcement has initial jurisdiction and determines the course of action. If an alleged event happens off campus or on, we work to support our students with appropriate discipline, extensive counseling, and whatever measures we can take to protect our students while they are in our learning environment.”
Going back to her speech, Seitz says she was disheartened, but her classmates rose and cheered her on to continue but she didn't then.
Her mother encouraged her to record her speech as it was meant to be and post it online, writing in the description:
The Petaluma High School administration infringed on my freedom of speech, and prevented a whole graduating class from having their message delivered. 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. Watch the whole uncensored version here as well as the aftermath of them cutting my mic!