Readers React: School officials should thank the valedictorian who roasted them

A San Ysidro High School valedictorian did not hold back criticism of her school during her graduation speech.

To the editor: Graduation caps off to the San Ysidro High School valedictorian who, while thanking some teachers, the majority of whom certainly deserve it, let fly a little truth-telling in her speech.

The Sweetwater Union High School District spokesman’s whining that valedictorian Nataly Buhr’s speech was “all about herself” was off the mark. She was done — far easier would have been to leave the problem to the next class. I doubt this was the only time she voiced her concerns, but this time, the world was listening.

The incoming seniors should thank her, assuming the school does a little learning itself.

Laura Drabkin, North Hollywood



To the editor: Congratulations to Buhr. I predict she will go on to do great things in her life.

I am a retired 5th-grade teacher from a magnet school in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and while students don’t graduate from elementary school, parents do insist on a ceremony. Most schools allow a “culmination” event.

My favorite valedictorian speech was from a young lady who roasted me and every other teacher and administrator she had come in contact with.


My goal in teaching was to get students to think. Sarcasm requires a high level of independent thought, something that can’t be measured by standardized testing.

Andrew Carrillo, Venice

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