The Petaluma High School senior became the first in her family to graduate Saturday, and as valedictorian she used her commencement speech as a platform to underscore the value of perseverance to fellow seniors — that is, until her mic was disconnected.
Top school administrators said all student speakers were made aware their microphones would be cut if they deviated from the speeches they submitted.
She said she was sexually assaulted on campus by a person she knew and she wanted to air her frustration over what she viewed as a lack of action taken by the administration.
Petaluma High School Principal David Stirrat said the school prior to graduation received an undisclosed number of emails expressing concern Seitz might go off script.
Seitz said her GPA is between 4.6 and 4.7 and she completed three years of college while enrolled at Petaluma High School by taking classes at Foothill College and Santa Rosa Junior College.