A Latina Valedictorian Is Being Told She Will Have To Share The Stage
In what sounds like a horrible teen movie nightmare, Natalie Ramos is fighting to rightfully enjoy her moment as valedictorian. Instead of giving her speech to the class, officials at Jesse Bethel High School in Vallejo, California was the first-ever Latina valedictorian to share the stage so the top 10 graduates can speak, according to a Facebook post by her mom.
Ivette Ramos is calling attention to her daughter’s fight to enjoy her moment as her school’s rightful valedictorian.
“My daughter Natalie is ranked #1 in her class with a 4.27 GPA. She was told by her counselor that she would be the Latina Valedictorian at Jesse Bethel High school and it seems like the Principal has a problem with that,” wrote Ivette. “Principal Cusi wants her to share the spot with 9 other students. This has never been don before at Jesse Bethel, why now? The moment a Latina becomes Valedictorian is seems to be a problem.”
Natalie’s sister then took to Twitter to help it go even further on social media.
Natalie is going to be attending UC Berkeley in the fall, according to her sister’s tweet. And her call to action mobilized Twitter, as most good tweets do, and people started to call the principal.
People are clogging the phone lines to let the principal know that they are not here for this kind of demotion.
According to the sister and mother, Natalie’s achievements are being grossly under represented by the school and principal. The title of valedictorian is not something that is easy to achieve so it is extra for those who worked so hard to make that happen. That why the Ramos family is letting everyone know what is happening to their loved one and the work she poured into her time at Jesse Bethel High School.
Unfortunately, it appears that after the news of Natalie’s school blocking her from being the sole valedictorian went viral, Natalie’s grades are being lowered.
Allegedly, the timing of the story going viral and Natalie being demoted in her GPA and ranking is causing more anger. Not only does she now have a lower GPA, the text, allegedly from Ivette, states that Natalie’s ranking is being downgraded so she is no longer number one.
People are not about to let this go, either.
It seems like Natalie’s family is making sure that everything is properly documented so they have a strong case. Tbh, everyone is cheering for Natalie to get the treatment she deserves and to be the only one on the stage delivering her graduation speech.
People are standing behind Natalie no matter what.
Honestly, the outpouring of support from strangers to make a sure a graduating senior gets the love and respect she deserves is incredible. This is what humanity is all about. Social media is a powerful tool when used for good and this is using it for good.
We are all anxious to see how the story ends.
Keep posted to mitú and we will let you know how this ends.