“I’m terrified to share my message,” Kayla begins. “I’m afraid of losing friends and losing loved ones. I’m afraid of losing my reputation at this school and the way people look at me. This speech will change my life forever, but I hope that my words can change more.”
Kayla K. is a senior at Maria Carrillo High School in Santa Rosa, Calif., about 60 miles north of San Francisco. Watch her powerful speech here.