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Valedictorian Kriya Naidu was barred from speaking, and then insulted. She had a weighted 5.5 GPA. She was supposed to give a speech, and that speech she submitted was reviewed and approved.
The speech honored her parents’ experience as immigrants and gave a quick nod to the many challenges faced by new immigrants. There was absolutely nothing “inflammatory:” nothing about the overt hatred her parents faced, nor any reference to the current immigration tragedy with thousands of migrant children being separated from their parents or babies being put in cages. It was just a few lines of an inspirational tribute put into a 3-minute speech that quoted a line from Hamilton: “Immigrants, we get the job done.” A few hours before she was to deliver the speech, an administrator allegedly called her mom and told her she would be barred from speaking.