But when she went off her scripted speech four minutes into her address, officials cut the microphone off.
David Stirrat, the principal of the public high school, told The Washington Post by email that students had submitted their speeches for approval, then practiced with a panel. This remarkable young woman will attend Stanford University this fall, and we wish her congratulations and the very best of luck.
"I just finished my speech without a microphone", she said. The reason? Seitz was talking about her experience of sexual assault and the school's response (or lack thereof) to the incident. She is the granddaughter of Filipino immigrants and her parents dropped out of high school. A few seconds later, students and people in the crowd began chanting, "Let her speak!".
Seitz told NBC's Bay Area outlet that her attacker was not given any consequences for his alleged actions, and he was in attendance at graduation. In the introduction to her video, Seitz writes, "The Petaluma High School administration infringed on my freedom of speech, and prevented a whole graduating class from having their message delivered. Sometimes we know what's right and have to do it".
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The Petaluma City School District released a statement saying they can't discuss specific information about incidents due to student privacy issues, CNN affiliate KPIX reported. But it is not as hard knowing that we have made an impact on each other and the world around us and we will not be forgotten as a whole, ' she said, in part.
When Seitz started to talk about how Petaluma High School's class of 2018 have had to overcome many obstacles like the California wildfires and teachers going on strike "because they didn't get the respect or the contracts they deserved", things started to go south.
But watching videos of Martin Luther King Jr. speeches on the night before commencement, she recalls, inspired her to speak up. "We have all at some point been hurt, excluded or - worst of all - ignored". "I realized that this is a big injustice and needs to be spoken about".
"They told me not to speak about it", Seitz said.
"And even learning on a campus in which some people defend perpetrators of sexual assault and silence their victims, we didn't let that drag us down", she says in the video, "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". With the help of her family, she stood in front of a camera reading her speech and posted it to YouTube the day after graduation.