The valedictorian at a California high school had a startling message to some teachers and administrators: Thanks – for nothing.
In a brutally honest speech as valedictorian at San Ysidro High School, Nataly Buhr thanked her friends for the memories, her parents for their love, and a few teachers for their inspiration, video of the speech showed.
Then she went scorched-earth.
To her counselor, she sniped: “Thanks for teaching me to fend for myself: You were always unavailable to my parents and I, despite appointments. … You expressed to me your joy in knowing that one of your students was valedictorian, when you had absolutely no role in my achievements.”
A rant on the school office staff started out like this: “Thank you for teaching me how to be resourceful. 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.”
Then she called out “the teacher who was regularly intoxicated during class this year. Thank you for using yourself as an example to teach students about the dangers of alcoholism. Being escorted by police out of school left a lasting impression.”
“I hope that future students and staff learn from these examples,” she said – while her final thanks, to the class of 2019, was drowned out by cheers, whistles and applause, the Washington Post reported.
Manuel Rubio, a spokesman for Sweetwater Union High School District, was furious, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. “We think that the student’s speech was inappropriate and out of line,” he said in an email to the newspaper.
Buhr’s mom, Monica Serratos, was nothing but “proud” her daughter “spoke up and got it out,” the Post reported. “Hopefully it opens their eyes.”