Valedictorian silenced mid-speech after going off script

Pennsylvania's The Citizen's Voice reported that the 18-year-old's microphone was turned off in the middle of his speech criticizing the school's "authoritative" administration.

School Superintendent Janet Serino says commencement speeches are vetted and students can't deviate from remarks they submit.

"I thought it went pretty well", Butera said.

'I got my point across and them cutting the microphone proved my point to be true'.

But Peter didn't just go off the script, rather, the valedictorian used his speech as a literal and figurative platform for potential change to be paved for current and future students at the Wyoming Area Secondary Center, as reported by The Daily Dot.

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"The speech was changed as it was being given", she said in an email.

Before Butera could finish, his microphone was cut off, much to the disdain of the audience and his classmates, but he was given a standing ovation as he returned to his seat.

"I assume if I went off script and praised the administration it would not have gotten pulled", said Butera, the son of local attorney Michael Butera.

"Despite some of the outstanding people in this school, a lack of real student government - and the authoritative nature that a few administrators and school members have - prevents students from developing as true leaders' Butera said during his speech".

While most would speculate Butera's on-stage performance would turn into a quintessential valedictorian speech, from a seemingly quintessential valedictorian, things took a drastic turn. "And I hope that every one of my fellow classmates here today, as well as myself, will go on to do great things in this world and find true happiness and success".

"Not at all", Butera said, explaining he was not seeking media attention. He plans to attend Villanova University in the fall.

'They cut me off right before I started talking positive again, ' he said.

  • Leroy Wright