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Mon Jun 19, 2017, 09:00 AM

Wyoming Area grads speech cut short following critical remarks

WEST PITTSTON — 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 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.”

Wyoming Area Superintendent Janet Serino said graduation speeches are vetted ahead of time and Butera veered off the script of the one he submitted.

Read more: http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/wyoming-area-grad-s-speech-cut-short-following-critical-remarks-1.2208359

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