Ballston Spa High guest speaker asked to leave

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By Kassie Parisi

Gazette Reporter

BALLSTON SPA — A guest speaker at Ballston Spa high school left before finishing her presentation, after she was accused of being disrespectful to the students.

Nancy Jo Sales, a writer for Vanity Fair, was slated to give two presentations during the afternoon of Oct.11. Sales, also a New York Times best-selling author, writes about issues including social media use and how it affects the lives of teenagers. Enough students were reportedly angered by her first presentation that Sales’ second presentation was canceled.

High School Principal Kristi Jensen sent a letter to parents and students addressing the situation on Wednesday.

“At one of our assembly sessions today, we selected a nationally renowned speaker who came highly recommended from area administrators after presenting at their school to speak on the topic of teenage social media use,” the letter states. “Unfortunately, this speaker was disrespectful to students in the first assembly and did not meet our expectations in terms of developing a rapport with students that would lead to a successful presentation.

“As a result, the second assembly session was canceled. I am very proud of how our students responded to an adult who did not model respect, and I appreciate their courage to bring something to my attention when they feel it did not represent the standards by which we hold ourselves accountable.”

The Daily Gazette will update this story as information is made available.