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Graduation speech: San Diego Valedictorian tears up San Ysidro staff and ceremoniously calls up "Alcoholism" teachers

A Valedictorian from San Diego High School, during her graduation speech last week, examined school staff and made their complaints against some faculty members in a very public manner. Her fiery remarks later became viral.

Nataly Buhr, who attended San Ysidro High School, told CBS subsidiary KFMB-TV she wanted to draw attention to what she considered to be lack of support for the students. Buhr began her speech by thanking certain teachers who "invested" in the education and well-being of the students. But then she called other school workers for failing to meet this standard.

"Thanks to my counselor for defending myself ̵

1; they were always unreachable," she said. "You expressed your joy that one of your students was a Valedictor when you played absolutely no role in my achievements."

She accused a teacher of getting drunk to school. "The teacher, who was intoxicated in the classroom this year, thank you for helping to teach these students the dangers of alcoholism."

"Your negligence in informing me of several scholarships until the day before their due date may have resulted in me missing out on thousands of dollars," she said. "When you applied for a work permit, you repeatedly rejected me, although you confirmed to my employer and my parents that all my records were filled in correctly."

Manuel Sweio, a spokesman for the Sweetwater Union High School District, told the KFMB he could not comment on specific allegations, but offered his opinion on the speech.

"It is unfortunate that the words of a student like this disturb the positive," said Rubio. "There are many teachers who work very hard for our students, and it is unfortunate that they have decided to speak out."

During Buhr's speech, the audience responded with audible gasps and thunderous applause. Her mother also supported Nataly's bold move.

"I was proud that she spoke up and got him out," Monica Buhr told KFMB. "It's something that requires a lot of courage,"

Valedictorians across the country have used their speeches as vehicles to bring issues to the fore. Earlier this month, Dallas High School's speech Valedictorian Rooha Hagha ended abruptly when she began to list the names of black teenagers shot dead by the police. Hagha said the school deliberately muted her microphone.

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