Wyoming Area grad’s speech cut short following critical remarks

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The valedictorian and class president of Wyoming Area’s Class of 2017 had his microphone silenced mid-speech during Friday’s graduation ceremony when he started to criticize school administrators.

Villanova University-bound Peter Butera had just started to criticize what he considers an overly authoritarian administration when the plug got pulled on his speech and he was approached by Principal Dr. Jon Pollard to leave the stage at Sobieski Stadium.

“I don’t think it could have gone any better,” Butera, 18, said Sunday. “I got my point across and them cutting the microphone proved my point to be true.”

According to Butera’s post, this is what he would have said after his microphone was cut: “Hopefully for the sake of future students, more people of authority within this school will prioritize the empowering of students as well as preparing them to further their educations. Because, at the end of the day, it is not what we have done as Wyoming Area students or athletes that will define our lives, but what we will go on to do as Wyoming Area alumni. 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. Thank you all for coming out to this great celebration today.”

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