That Infamous San Ysidro Valedictorian Speech May Have Been Based on Rumor

The San Diego Union-Tribune has looked into some of the explosive allegations made in a now famous graduation speech by a valedictorian of San Ysidro High School. As it turns out, the student may have been playing fast and loose with the facts.

One of the most shocking claims in the speech was that a San Ysidro High School teacher had been “regularly intoxicated” during the school year and that police were called to escort them off the property.

Not so, says the school.

“On that date, this teacher was taken from campus to see her treating medical professionals,” the district said in a newly released statement. “Subsequent information provided by the teacher to the district indicated that she was experiencing a medical incident on this occasion that has since been resolved.”

Then there was the school counselor that the student accused of neglecting her all year. According to the Tribune, the San Ysidro High counselor who is believed to have been assigned to the student lost her daughter in a tragic hit-and-run accident last year. She herself told a court that the death had adversely impacted her performance as a high school counselor.

The Tribune requested documents from the Sweetwater Union High School District in June under the Public Records Act.

Read more about what it discovered here


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