In a few days time I will be giving a valedictorian speech at my high school graduation. The teachers in charge asked me to show them my speech so I did. Just now a very different speech was sent to me with a title "amended speech". The whole speech is completely different from mine except a few paraphrased lines.
I'm incredibly upset with this change as the original speech had a rebel undertone to it. My old speech was directed to my classmates and I stated that they shouldn't spend too much time on things that they were not happy doing, including studies. I challenged them to find ways to be lazy on studies and still keep their grades up.
The new speech catered to everyone more equally but was also very short. In my opinion it served no purpose as it was extremely general. (Path here wasn't easy, we'll be going to universities around the world, thank you everyone, etc.)
If I can't change the speech I'm not going to give the speech.
I am close to the teachers in charge and I really don't want to trouble them. I have no idea about their intentions on this change. I'm perfectly fine to alter my speech or discuss about it but there are circumstances.
My graduation is just a few days away and I assume that the teachers are very busy on it. That's what usually happens in our (small international) school, and that's why I would try my best not to talk to the teachers. There are a few characters in this situation:
Miss A, who messages the students and informs them about changes.
Miss B, who I heard from Miss A, edited my speech.
Principal, who I have no idea about and never met before. (He/she was new.)
So I communicated only with Miss A through Facebook chat. She told me that Miss B will check and edit my speech. I thought she meant grammar or other small things until today. When I asked her what's wrong about my speech she said that it shouldn't focus mainly on students, as there are parents and teachers there. She also adds that "the principal wants in to be in this way."
How can I approach them about discussing the edits, and in the worst case, explain that I will not give the new speech?