Valedictorian rips school staff and calls out teacher for “alcoholism” in graduation speech

June 17, 2019 | CBS News

A San Diego high school valedictorian went scorched-earth on school staff during her graduation speech last week, airing her grievances against some faculty members in a highly public fashion. Her fiery remarks later went viral.

Nataly Buhr, who attended San Ysidro High School, told CBS affiliate KFMB-TV that she wanted to bring attention to what she felt was lack of support for students. Buhr began her speech thanking specific teachers who were “invested” in students’ education and well-being. But then she called out other school employees for failing to live up to that standard.

“To my counselor, thank you for letting me fend for myself — you were always unavailable,” she said. “You expressed to me your joy in having one of your students be valedictorian when you had absolutely no role in my achievements.”

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