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Rude! Principal Interrupts Valedictorian's Speech!

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Seriously??? This girl works her ass for four years and you have the audacity to ruin this moment for her? WTF! LAME!

Young Stephanie Paredes was rudely (and wrongfully) interrupted this week at her high school graduation while giving her Valedictorian's Speech by her own principal. According to reports, the school changed her speech last minute WITHOUT telling her, even without there being anything derogatory, and when she tried to give her original speech, the principal intervened.

Watch the video (above) to see this hard-working, model student have one of the most important moments of her life taken from her!

We're seriously appalled! This principal SERIOUSLY needs to apologize!

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83 comments to “Rude! Principal Interrupts Valedictorian's Speech!”

  1. 1

    im not completely sure about the protocol for this type of event, but whatever the case, im sure they should have viewed the speech before if they were worried about anything. there was no need for the woman to stand over her and read her speech while the student gave it. and to interrupt her is just deplorable. this is such an important speech for her, she has worked so hard to be the 1st in her class. this makes me angry.

  2. 2

    your ridiculous for posting this Perez– who CARES!

  3. 3

    I'm sure there's more to it than that. Must be a gay thing for you to report it.

  4. 4

    WTF? rude much? The principal is probably a tiger mom :/

  5. @v@ says – reply to this


    Isn't the idea of selecting a good student to be valedictorian all about giving them the earned honor to write and then present a pertinent speech to their graduating peers? Since when are valedictorians chosen but then can only say what YOU want them to say?
    Over reach!

  6. 6

    What High School was this?

  7. 7

    Woow thats rediculous! Teachers and educators really piss me off these days, because all they care about is themselevs and not the students. This was wrong and that girl definitely deserves and apology!!

  8. 8

    wow what a bitch!

  9. 9

    It's your good pal J Live bringing you the facts….the problem was the speech was to be handed in prior and she missed rehearsals. All speeches (as confirmed by another speaker that day) were to be one page 14 point font and hers was two pages and she pulled out another speech during and started reading from that. Those are just the facts, don't shoot the messanger. My take: How can ANYONE give a single page 14 font speech. Then again, they are in El Paso, a place you don't want to stay in one spot too long or you'll be gunned down….so maybe the school wanted to keep things moving along.

  10. 10

    GPA of how much? I couldn't hear the lady.

  11. 11

    Re: Hairplugs for Hilton – yes…because you can really hear her segway into what im sure would have been "gay things."

  12. 12

    I have 2 teenagers and for the last 3 years the Valedictorian has not been allowed to write their speech in their own words, even though there was nothing inappropriate . The principal basically told them what she wanted them to say. Don't they realize that this is the Valedictorian and the person is most likely more than capable to write a brief speech. This is ridiculous, so this is not the only instance.

  13. 13

    This is from El Dorado High School in El Paso, Texas. I think it was extremely rude of the principal, not only to interrupt, but to stand right next to her so close, hovering. She should have left the girl alone. Clearly she is an exemplary student, so the principal should have trusted her to make a good speech. I think this is censorship!

  14. 14

    Re: J Live – J Live, not sure where you got your facts from regarding fear of being gunned down in El Paso, but it is a FACT that El Paso was named the #1 Safest US City with a population over 500,000 in November of 2010, up from the consistent 2nd or 3rd place ranking it had received consistently since 1997. Maybe you are confusing it with Juarez, the Mexican city across the border from El Paso in the midst of a violent drug war. Our border patrol agents and police officers have done a fantastic job of ensuring that the violence does not spill into our city, hence, the #1 Safest City ranking.

  15. 15

    I would have kept going– you're done with high school, who needs that bitch?

  16. Coqi says – reply to this


    Re: J Live – Exactly. Mario never fact checks, never gets the full story and will do anything to sensationalize a non-sensational story if it involves any sort of minority.

  17. 17

    Re: GOSSiP__xo – Her GPA was 4.3

  18. 18

    She should be fired. Period. Disgusting.

  19. 19

    And she also has NO business standing there, breathing down her neck as she speaks. Ya. I'm writing a letter. Maybe 100.

  20. 20

    What school was this? Does anyone know? I heard El Dorado school system. Anyone know which specific school?

  21. 21

    I dont understand what she was trying to say that the principal made her stop?

  22. 22

    lol who cares? the principal is much bigger and powerful than some stupid student. they can do what they want it's the principals school. if the girl didn't like it then tough noodles. im on the principals side. she's the boss so yeah. and no one really wants to hear people talk they want to see people graduate not talk. lol i don't think it was rude at all. the principal was just doing her job. the girl was the one who was being rude for not listening to the principal. the student should apologize to the principal for not listening to her in this case. yep.

  23. 23

    Re: adg100 – your disgusting. the principal was doing her job. the girl was the one who was being rude and ignoring the principal. stupid girl. students should really respect & listen to their principals & teachers when they say something to you.

  24. 24

    that was absoutly ridculous! If they changed the speech u have plenty of time before the graduation to talk to her about it! This is her speech and her moment… She kept standing over her shoulder. This makes me so angry…

  25. 25

    The principal should have someone standing over her shoulder everytime she addresses anyone in an official capacity. Just in case she gets out of line. What a moron.

  26. 26

    @ Regina33…I am a teacher and I really resent your comment. I certainly do not care about myself when I have given kids lunch money when they don't have food at home or advise kids when a family member is not around to talk to. On top of the I spend another 30 hours OUTSIDE of school time to make sure my lessons are good enough to make sure the kids can do well to pass these state mandated test. Spend one day in a classroom and then give your opinion!!

  27. 27

    how rude it's not easy to become a validictorian. This is the biggets moment she probably had in HS n the principle ruined it.

  28. Rohan says – reply to this


    What's worse is YOU putting a commercial first to profit off this poor girl, you fucking revenue whore!

  29. 29

    Mario, I actually read OTHER STORIES ON THIS, you, obviously DID NOT! yes, I saw your post. Many many different stories, many posts, some seemed to be from schoolmates, AND if they are really schoolmates, they were criticizing STEPHANIE,not the principal. Her speech was not edited for DEROGATORY comments, NO! It was because ALL SPEECHES WERE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE OVER ONE PAGE, 14 PT. TYPE and Stephanies speech was at least TWICE THAT AMOUNT!!! That is why her speech was edited! The school said she handed it in late and did not attend rehersal to see changes, she says they are lying, she was on time and at rehersal. posters, esp. one, if true, said she was giving a speech too and Stephanie did show up at rehersal but was over an hour late. I don't know if the principal was right or wrong, WE were NOT THERE, but we do not know the exchange before hand, and what was told to stephanie about her speech and if she is lying about things. I do not believe what this girl says, because it seems strange that the principal just jumped out there like that, without a good reason.

  30. o_0 says – reply to this


    Wow that really sucks for her. So uncalled for, you can tell it totally threw her off to be interrupted like that. Congrats on being valedictorian, screw that bitch, you will never have to see her again.

  31. 31

    I am so happy to have come out of the LAUSD. I don't think this had anything to do with her being a minority. However I do think censoring her, even with the excuse that her speech wasn't pre-approved isn't a bit ridiculous. Believe me when I say everything is timed in Graduation Ceremonies, at least in Los Angeles. For the record, most alumni do want to hear the speech, that person is representing the best of the best from the graduating class. All I know is, our high school didn't require any approval and the valedictorian knew how much time was allowed for it and what was appropriate for the occasion, as I am sure she did as well.

  32. 32

    *is a bit ridiculous…..sorry about that typo, but I needed to correct myself.

  33. 33

    i would smack her face.. ugly woman

  34. 34

    regina 33…not to be rude but its your choice to spend over 30 hours preparing for material…as well you should have thought about that when you made your choice to be a teacher….

  35. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: justtfax – Good post. So, she was hogging mic time as she didn't bother to show for pre speech instructions? A- Ha. I take it all back if that's the case.

  36. 36

    That poor young woman was treated like a child; they clearly wanted _her_ to give the address, but weren't willing to trust her to give a speech that was anything but glowing to the school and its administration. The principal couldn't bring herself to trust her 4.3 GPA star to give a good speech of 200 words (that's less than a minute for the VALEDICTORIAN) the principal made the school look like a kindergarten, her student look like a 5-year-old, and made herself look like an uppity bitch more concerned with her image of power than her ability to create leaders and independent thinkers. You need only look at this video to see schools as a place now designed to create little worker drones or Soylent Green.

  37. 37

    Still rude!

  38. 38

    What a pompous bitch! Can you say Delores Umbridge anyone?

  39. 39

    violation of her freedom of speech much??? i would sue her and make sure that she looses her job!

  40. 40

    Re: jeanniepoo – I usually don't comment on Perez's posts but I had to correct your statement. First of all, you are referring to the wrong person. Regina33 is the person who stated that she thinks educators aren't doing a good job these days and Jersey81 was defending herself as an educator stating that she tries very hard to be a great teacher for her students. In any case, I think you thought Jersey81 was complaining about how much work she HAS to do as a teacher when really she was only defending herself against someone who lumped all educators as doing a bad job by saying how hard she works to be a good teacher.

  41. 41

    LMAOOO well atleast she let her finish..

  42. 42

    I am from El Paso and have seen and heard the news reports about this incident. It is true that Stephanie turned in her speech late. As a matter of fact, she submitted her first speech late, and then tried to submit a second speech the night before the graduation. The school was trying to go high-tech and had the speeches on an ipad sitting on the podium - which is why when she pulled out pieces of paper the principal knew she was reading a new script. At the end of the day, being allowed to speak at graduation is a privilege, and the least she could have done was appreciate the privilege and follow the rules. This student has done numerous interviews and after hearing both sides of the story - she comes off as a brat.

  43. 43

    whether the deal was to have it 1 page 14 font or not, and whether her speech was over that amount or not, the principal should have been professional and spoken with her afterwards. i dont think standing over anyone's shoulder is helping the matter. you're worried about time? they spent more than a few seconds bickering about it anyways. i think the principal was very unprofessional. i dont necessarily think she should apologize to the student if the student knowingly did not follow the rules, but it was still rude.

  44. 44

    I doubt that anyone on this forum actually knows what REALLY happened in this situation. I was the salutatorian and I was pretty much with Stephanie the whole time throughout the ceremony and rehearsals, and also an additional four years since we were in IB classes together. First of all, I think it's very funny that everyone is portraying Stephanie as a poor victimized child being oppressed by a cruel, power hungry principal. She is a very mature, intelligent woman who was well aware of her actions. There were three graduations occurring consecutively at the Haskins center. Each school was allotted one and a half hours, so we had to deal with what we were given. An hour and a half for over 800 graduates cut down EVERYONE's time. Because Stephanie's GPA was so high, it was certain that she would be valedictorian. I know she was informed that she must write a speech a week before the speech was due, while I was only given one day. That gave her plenty of time to write the perfect speech she desired that would also fit within her time limit. Me, Stephanie, and ALL speakers were informed that our speeches were going to be short and sweet because of the large graduating class and the short amount of time. We were ALL told to write a speech that was one page and 14 point font. I saw Stephanie's speech and it was VERY long. It did not follow what we were told.

  45. 45

    We ALL had to turn in our speeches by Thursday at 4:00 so that they could be reviewed for appropriateness and edited to conserve time by the rehearsal the following morning. The speakers had an early rehearsal on Friday morning. We got to run through our speeches and view what would be edited or cut out. The parts that would be edited were highlighted, and we each ran through them with Mrs. Paugh by our side so we could discuss the changes with her. In addition, our speeches were emailed to us so we could practice them at home. WE WERE ALL AWARE OF WHAT WAS EDITED AND WE ALL HAD A CHANCE TO DISPUTE ANYTHING WE DIDN'T LIKE. However, Stephanie was VERY late to rehearsal, and she missed her chance to practice her speech. She still got to view her speech and the places it was edited. She told me she didn't like it. But, instead of discussing it with the administration and proposing to fix it up, she kept it to herself. The idea that she was not acknowledged of the changes to her speech is a lie. Without informing the faculty that she would do so, Stephanie wrote a completely new speech and emailed it to the activities director on Friday night. However, it was WAY TOO LATE. The script was already written and Stephanie never told anyone that she would be writing a brand new speech. She was informed that it was too late and she would still need to stick to her previous speech.

  46. 46

    The next morning before the actual ceremony, we were also taken down to the podium on the stage to view the script. We got a chance to look at our speeches one last time and learn how to use the ipad that all our speeches were on. Since I was standing next to Steph at the ceremony, I saw that she was carrying a sheet protected speech with her that was over one page. She folded it up and put it in the sleeve of her gown. That seemed kind of weird to me, but I didn't say anything. She went up to the podium on her turn and pulled out the written speech. The reason Mrs. Paugh went up to the podium was because she noticed that Stephanie was totally off script. Yes, it was unprofessional to interrupt, but how do you react when a wild card is thrown and you have no idea what Stephanie is about to say? Her speech was unapproved and came out of nowhere. And, regardless of what Mrs. Paugh said, Stephanie continued her new speech and finished it. Yes, being the valedictorian is an earned right, but when you are given the privilege to speak at a private ceremony, you must abide by the rules and time restraints given to you.

  47. 47

    It is not fair that Stephanie thought she deserved more time and didn't have to follow the rules when everyone else was able to do so. Also, it's not like this is the crowning moment of her life. She is going on to college to pursue greater things, and this is just a little graduation speech. In the real world, you can't go off script. That gets you fired. She wants to be a doctor, and if you don't follow instructions in that field, it might cost a life. Overall, this is a lot of commotion over nothing. I hope Stephanie understands that it can't always be her way, or she might face some serious problems in the future. This fuss is making our school look very bad. She just needs to drop it.

  48. 48

    Correction - I don't really know that she submitted the speeches late. This was the position of the school activities director, but she said that she had the emails to prove that the emails were sent late…

  49. lolli says – reply to this


    unbelievably disrespectful. let her have her moment!

  50. 50

    Re: J Live – You have no idea how ignorant your "gunned down" comment was. Unless you live in El Paso, Tx then feel free to comment, if not please keep all ridiculous comments to yourself

  51. 51

    way to report only part of the story to suit your angle. if anyone wants to know the full story just google any info source other than this one.

  52. 52

    Who cares, its a stupid speech where pretty sure half of the people were snoozing and the other half were looking at the roof. Its the usual.

  53. 53

    Re: noelleon

    I was at the ceremony watching my brother graduate, and as a bystander, this really shouldn't have been made into the big deal that it has become. Yes, she worked hard to earn her position as the valedictorian, but that does not give her leeway to do whatever she wants, especially when 800 of her peers still needed to get up and receive their diplomas.

    Also: Every valedictorian speech covers the same old spiel. Her speech sounded just as generic as the 2008's #1 speech. I mean, really. Its the same thing over and over and over again. " Hey guys we made it! Make something of yourselves! This is the first step to the path to the rest of our lives! Hooray!"

    BTW. I think yours was more sincere due to the fact you added some personal sentiments to it.
    Let her get her 15 minutes, I'm sure years from now she'll look back on this and say, "I can't believe that the highlight of my life was when I was mentioned on PerezHilton.com."

  54. 54

    Re: jeanniepoo – Uhhh, you missed a couple of things. First off, Regina33's not the teacher. Jersey81 is the teacher, and she was RESPONDING to a post by Regina33. Secondly, it didn't seem as if Jersey81 was complaining about spending an extra 30 hours a week prepping materials. She was simply just stating that because Regina33 said that most teachers nowadays only think about themselves. So jersey81 wrote that to show Regina33 that she is obviously not that self-involved. Next time, you need to reread things before you go and write about it. Not only were you addressing the completely wrong individual, you didn't read into it enough to even know what they were talking about.

  55. 55

    HI THIS IS THE EDHS salutatorian, I WAS THERE AT THE ceremony! Stephanie did REALLY well, and what Mrs. Paugh did to her was horrible! I agree with you Perez, she stole her moment….I talked to her after the ceremony was over, and congradulated Steph on her amazing speech. Mrs. Paugh is a horrible person.

  56. 56

    THIS IS THE SALUTATORIAN of the school in the video! What Mrs. Paugh did was horrible and stunned the whole audience attending. Mrs. Paugh should apologize!

  57. 57

    right her speech was already very boring clearly creativity isnt one of the factors so if she did the wrong thing she deserve to be shut down

  58. 58

    Stalk much Lady! Unreal… why the need to hover over the girl like a prison guard.

    I would DEMAND a PUBLIC apology!!!

  59. 59

    Stephanie was told she was valedictorian on Friday June 3, and EDHS students graduated on Saturday. I will be the first to admit, and publicly apologize since, we [EDHS] only gave her less than a day to write and perfect her speech. I know almost all of her siblings, and she has a very brilliant family! Her two brothers graduated top ten (one a salutatorian) and her sister was EDHS' first valedictorian (and just graduated from M IT).

    Stephanie has always had a strong work ethic, and it is undoubtedly her kind, college-bound and teacher-pleasing, character that earned her the honor of being valedictorian. Fabricated stories that she was delinquent on graduation rehearsal and turning in her speech on time do not follow with her respected reputation. Like her family, she has worked hard for her honor, and I know everyone at SISD is proud to call her the '11 valedictorian.

    Noelleon, the salutatorian, sounds extremely jealous. If she spent half as much time studying as she is media-bashing Stephanie, than **maybe** she would be valedictorian.

  60. 60

    Fascist gestapo bitch.

  61. 61

    Re: noelleon
    You sound like a stalker!
    You need a life girl, stop hating on her because she's #1 and you're a nobody.
    You're a complete white trash BITCH, and your father is a laughable teacher!
    Steph is a good girl and a good friend.
    Stop STALKING HER loser.

  62. 62

    Re: noelleon
    YOU CREEPY SLUT, stop stalking her! Fucking white trash whore

  63. 63

    Re: sonyasounds
    HAHAHA that's right bitch your brother wasnt Valedictorian, so you would say something like this. You're a nobody, just like your brother. You both are jokes!

  64. 64

    Re: noelleon
    YOU ARE a trashy stalker! Get a life.

  65. 65

    Re: noelleon – I didn't read all of your posts yet but I must say you are very well spoken. :)

  66. auds says – reply to this


    If that were me I would have told the principal to take a step back away from me & announced over the mic that they were trying censor me. I don't know what it is about "educators" that makes them think they are righteous but they need to seriously rethink their life.

  67. 67

    Where is this?? That is unfair to not be able to say what you want at graduation. But this girl should of said what she wanted to say unless it was something really bad

  68. 68

    I was a graduation speaker and it was a really fun, proud moment for me. I feel terrible for her. Her speech was so brief, the principle used poor judgment jumping on her like that. She should’ve been reprimanded later and the principal should amend procedure the next year of checking their papers before they get to the podium. Once she's up there, who cares about an extra minute or two added to the ceremony?

  69. 69

    I was a graduate at the event, J live is wrong, she was at the rehearsals and I was there too I sing in the choir, it was unfair of Mrs. Paugh to interrupt her, the district was rushing us tho the day before they told us our graduation was to be cut to an hour and 30 minutes instead of 2 hours, Mrs. Paugh shouldnt have done that

  70. 70

    Re: Aztec505 – haha you sound like a high school girl trying to protect this stephanie chick by being a hypocrite. Calling someone a "bitch" and a "white-trash stalker". If this person is a stalker, how do you know they are white and their father is a teacher? Because you know them, therefore making them NOT a stalker. What's "trashy" is speaking so derogatory. Grow up. It's high school, not the end of the world, so move on and stop making it such a big damn deal. The girl made her full speech apparently. The dumb girl should've been able to follow all the directions, which it doesn't sound like she did. IDGAF if you are valedictorian or the president of the united states, when you are on a time limit, you better make sure that you follow the guidelines like everyone else.

  71. 71

    Control freak!

  72. 72

    Re: justtfax – Well it looked stupider for her to be interrupted than it would have done for her to just do a long speech.

  73. 73

    Re: Aztec505
    First off, what does race have anything to do with this? You are the one who comes off sounding extremely ignorant and tasteless. I assume you're one of her friends, but defending someone in this manner does nothing but make the situation worse.
    I may be a nobody, but really, everyone is. I can say the same thing to you. My brother wasn't the valedictorian, but he graduated and is going to college this coming semester. Either way I'm proud of him.

    @MonicaBus If you are who I think you are (really hope you are not), what are you doing on PerezHilton telling a high school kid who became the salutatorian that "If she spent half as much time studying as she is media-bashing Stephanie, than **maybe** she would be valedictorian."(Also it would be "then maybe" not "than maybe") Obviously this happened after all their GPA's were calculated and confirmed. Don't trivialize her hard work and dedication for coming in at #2. I'm sure she worked just as hard as the valedictorian did throughout the year. Seriously, as an employee of SISD, I would think you would have the common sense and the decency to relay the facts as they happened, but not to pick sides and sound as immature as the high school kids you work with.

  74. 74

    Re: Aztec505 – If you're Stephanie's friend, then I can only imagine how Stephanie acts herself as you as the most unintelligent, ghetto trash ever. I can believe Stephanie was a brat if sh'se even a 1/10th the idiot you are.

  75. 75

    Re: MonicaBus – You said we (EDHS) gave her……OMG, you're a teacher? If so, what the hell are you doing here trashing a student? *Maybe* if you were a better teacher and didn't spend time on Perez Hilton trashing people, the United States wouldn't be ranked 25 th overall in education.

  76. 76

    this is so messed up that lady should feel ashamed of herself!!!! It's her time to say whatever she wants just cuz she may not like it it doesn't matter shes valedictorian for a reason obvs. the girl is smart enough to know what to say and not say!!! I swear the school educators and office people need to start keeping to themselves unless a child is getting hurt they are WAY over stepping these days.

  77. 77

    She was so rude!!! and why was she standing next to her the entire time talk about giving someone personal space, I wonder if her being Latina had something to do with it

  78. 78

    Whoever is saying they are Monica Bustillos in these comments, it's not true. I'm trying to stick up for my school, and she would never say anything like that.

  79. 79

    what a bitch. jesus, it's people like this..that take positions of power just to fuel their own egotistical needs, that drive me insane. this woman should never have been awarded position of school principal, and what she did is absolutely horrible. that poor girl was looking forward to giving her speech and this woman hovered and interrupted like the bitch she is. i hope she's forced to apologize and the girl gets some form of compensation

  80. 80

    what a stupid selfish BITCH that woman is! what the fuck?!? poor girl!

  81. 81

    Re: J Live – you certainly do not have the correct information. I live in this city, i live near this school. this was all over local news stations. she handed in the speech on time but for some reason it had been edited without the valedictorians knowledge. there were no reasons given to her at the time. El Paso is the number one safest city, Juarez our 'sister city' is a city where you have to worry about being gunned down in. NOT El Paso. Get it right. She deserved this moment. Principal Paugh was rude and should have left her to continue her speech.

  82. 82

    Re: MonicaBus – Whoever is impersonating me please stop. Anyone who knows me, knows that I would have never waited until the last minute to do anything that has to do with graduation. The comments posted by MonicaBus are false. Stephanie and her family have been very successful, but she did have ample time to turn in her speech. It was due Tuesday, not turned in until Wednesday, and her final draft submitted Friday night the day before graduation. She also arrived late to rehearsal which meant she didn't get a chance to see the condensed version of her speech until I emailed it to her. We would have appreciated it if she had followed the guidelines we gave her for her speech but she did what she wanted to anyway. I really don't understand what the problem is, she read the speech she wanted to and took the time she wanted to completely disregarding what the school asked of her. Can we just move on from this now?

  83. 83

    Re: biana v – Please refer to the post by the real "bus".