Never mind looking toward the promise of a bright future and all that stuff. Nataly Buhr used her valedictorian speech last week at California’s San Ysidro High School to publicly take down some school employees whom she claims didn’t so much help her succeed, as much as they did guarantee she had to succeed despite them.
As reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune, after thanking by name her family, friends and a handful of teachers, Buhr then let fly with a few additional, definitely sarcastic thank-yous.
For example, Buhr thanked her counselor “for teaching me to fend for myself. You were always unavailable to my parents and I, despite appointments. Only in these past few weeks, with the awards ceremonies and graduation coming up, did you begin making your appearance.”
Then, there was the office staff: “Your negligence to inform me of several scholarships until the day before they were due potentially caused me to miss out on thousands of dollars,” said Buhr, who then moved on to an unnamed teacher whom she said was “regularly intoxicated during class.”
“Thank you for using yourself as an example to teach students about the dangers of alcoholism,” Buhr went on. “Being escorted by police out of school was a lasting impression. I hope that future students and staff learn from these examples.”
A spokesperson for the local school district said the version of the speech Buhr read didn’t match the school-approved version she submitted beforehand. Duh. The spokesperson added that Buhr’s comments “[took] away from what should have been a day of celebration for the school and their community.”
Most of Buhr’s classmates don’t seem to agree. As for her mom and dad? They say they’re proud of their daughter.