I-Team: Class President Says Rights Were Violated

Wyoming Area Class President Speech Cut Short

 EXETER, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) A high school graduation speech has created quite a stir  in a Luzerne County School District. The  valedictorian of the Wyoming Area School District, who is also the class president-  was cut off  when he became critical of the school administration.
The I-Team's Andy Mehalshick has our story.
 

 

Peter Butera  was wrapping up his graduation speech Friday night when the microphone was shut off and he was asked to sit down.
 
 He made comments about the administration that weren't orginally approved.
 
"There were things that I felt needed to be said about the student government and our schools the power that students have and I said it." Said Butera.

 Butera say when the mic was cut "I thought that proved my point that students don't have any power and the administration has been authoritative at times."

 
"I think it's all a matter of perception." said Janet Serino, Wyoming Area Superintendent.
 
 Serino says this is not about freedom of speech.

 
"Peter is entitled to free speech however  here at Wyoming Area there's a procedure that we follow when we have graduation speeches. Advisors work with out students and the speech that Peter submitted for graduation was changed when he was giving that speech during graduation."

Butera doesn't buy it..

 
"If  I went off script and said good things about the administration the mic would not have been cut."

Not true says Serino.

 
"We have to remember the administration --they must keep a semblance of order."

Folks we spoke said they haven't made up the minds as to who's argument they support.
Butera and Serino  will meet next week to discuss the issue. They both say they want what is best for future students of the Wyoming Area High School.
 

 


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