Valedictorian’s Speech Interrupted While Listing Names of Black Teens Shot by Police

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A Texas teenager said school administrators cut the microphone during her high school valedictorian speech because she listed the names of Black teens who were victims of police brutality.

Rooha Haghar, the valedictorian at Emmett J. Conrad High School in Dallas, said in a statement on Twitter that she was reading a list of Black teens who were killed as a result of police brutality when her microphone was cut. In the video posted to Twitter on June 3, Haghar is heard reading the names of Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice seconds before the microphone was silenced.

“My valedictorian speech was cut short because I said the names of Black children who had become victims of police brutality,” Haghar wrote on Twitter. “Our principal signaled for my mic to be turned off as soon as I said ‘Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice’ and played it off as…

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  • mr_roy

    Bravery! Continue to be bold, continue to follow your passion for justice, continue to educate yourself and the world around you about the affects of injustice.

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