Sarah Haynes, the "school captain" (kind of like a class president) of Ravenswood School for Girls in Sydney, Australia, went off-script to deliver a few pointed criticisms of her institution during her graduation speech. As school captain, Sarah has delivered many speeches throughout the year, all of which were subject to censorship by the Ravenswood administration. This time around, she tricked them by submitting a clean, innocuous speech for their approval, but taking a new, uncensored speech to the podium. Here's an abridged video of the speech:
Aside from criticizing the school for censoring her speeches, Sarah calls them out being too business-driven, valuing their public image over the well-being of their students. She also references an incident that occurred between the administration and her sister:
I know that there have been rumours and gossip about my sister leaving the school and I’d rather not add fuel to the fire, but would prefer to say that people who I trusted and respected made an unjustified, cruel and incorrect decision.
The school responded to the speech and subsequent media attention in a letter sent to parents. It says some standard PR stuff—we have to keep information about the students private, we should be focusing on their achievements, etc.—but it does seem to reference the incident with Haynes' sister. It had to do with the disciplinary action following an act of alleged bullying:
As this related to a matter before the courts, it is not possible for us to comment on the specifics, other than to say this related to a disagreement about disciplinary action take against a number of students following an incident of alleged bullying.
Reaction to the speech was mainly positive, but detractors have argued that Sarah is idealistic and airing out her dirty laundry with the school for everyone to see.
Either way, everyone should agree that the silly podium microphone robbed Sarah of the opportunity to do an epic mic drop at the end.