Mic cut as valedictorian mentions sex assault

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About four minutes into her well-earned valedictorian speech at Petaluma High School in California, she began to talk about the school's mishandling of her sexual assault allegations.

"Lulabel Seitz is a fierce truth teller and they tried to silence her- don't you understand sexual assault victims will be silenced no more????" she wrote on Twitter.

Seitz plans to attend Stanford University in the fall, according to the Press Democrat. She said that she was the granddaughter of immigrants from the Philippines, and the child of two parents who left high school early and didn't go to college.

On Sunday, an "uncensored" version of the speech was posted on YouTube. In fact quite the opposite.

"We have all had unlikely dreams and overcome obstacles to achieve them", she said. She spoke about classmates persevering through the devastating wildfires in Northern California that destroyed some of their homes, and what it was like being in school during teacher strikes.

After almost a minute of silence, she returns to her seat.

"Because the class of 2018 has demonstrated time and time again that we. are not too young to speak up, to dream and to create change".

It was then the microphone audio is cut.

After an awkward silence, Ms Seitz can be seen shouting something to someone offstage before the crowd stands and applauds, chanting, "Let her speak!". About four minutes into her speech, Seitz began to talk about sexual assault allegations at the school. "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".

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"They told me not to speak about it", Seitz said. "Sometimes we know what's right and have to do it".

She told the publication that she wanted to use her speech as a chance to express that frustration and saw the administration's decision to cut her mic as censorship.

He said speeches could contain controversial material, but that students had to submit their speeches for approval and practice in front of a panel.

"In Lulabel's case, her approved speech didn't include any reference to an assault", he told The Post. "We certainly would have considered such an addition, provided no individuals were named or defamed".

Seitz was told that her speech had to be pre-approved, and anything negative in her draft would have barred her from speaking.

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".

The teen said she reported the incident to school officials, but they did not take any action. "I just think they got scared because I was going to call out them".

"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. She said a student assaulted her on school grounds.

As High School comes to an end, students gear to come up with an unforgettable speech. She was a member of the student government, and she played trumpet in jazz band.

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