By Kelsey Wilkie For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 02:16 BST, 18 July 2019 | Updated: 03:11 BST, 18 July 2019
A teenage student has broken down in tears after she was interrupted while giving a speech about her friend's suicide.
Lily Dorrance, 17, was giving her heartfelt speech about mental health as part of a debate in New Zealand's Youth Parliament on Wednesday when she was cut off by senior National MP Anne Tolley.
Ms Dorrance was left humiliated when Ms Tolley, who was presiding as chair, told her to put her notes away.
'I wanted to make people aware of youth suicide, which I was trying to do, but then the Speaker (Tolley) said it wasn't coming from my heart. It just felt like I wasn't doing anything right. Like I wasn't good enough,' she told the New Zealand Herald.
'When she interrupted me it was awful… As soon as I sat down I burst into tears and had to leave… It was just humiliating.
'I thought I would be heard, not bullied.'
Youth Parliament is hosted every three years and gives teenagers from around the country a taste of what life is like to be a politician.