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Old 08-21-2012, 04:36pm   #1 (permalink)
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An Oklahoma high school valedictorian who used the word "hell" in her graduation speech in May has yet to receive her diploma.
Kaitlin Nootbaar graduated from Prague High School with a 4.0 grade point average, her father, David Nootbaar, told KFOR-TV. But school administrators told him that Kaitlin would have to submit a written apology in order to get her diploma.
"We went to the office and asked for the diploma and the principal said, 'Your diploma is right here but you're not getting it. Close the door, we have a problem,'" David Nootbaar told the network.
"She worked so hard to stay at the top of her class," he said. "This is not right."
In her speech—inspired by a similar address in "Eclipse: The Twilight Saga"—Kaitlin recounted how annoying it is to be constantly asked what she wants to do as graduation approached. "How the hell do I know?" she said, according to her father. "I've changed my mind so many times."
In the version she submitted to the school for approval, "hell" was "heck." But in the version she delivered at graduation, "hell" it was.
The school declined to comment. "This matter is confidential and we cannot publicly say anything about it," Prague schools Superintendent Rick Martin said in a statement to KFOR.
Really?
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Guess she'll learn actions have consequences.
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Don't put in heck and say hell.
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Seems they did the right thing going public with it.
A few zillion angry calls oughta change some minds.

And the girl needs to demand an apology from the school for such nonsense.
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Guess she'll learn actions have consequences.

Yea, graduating with a 4.0 will do that to ya....
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inspired by a similar address in "Eclipse: The Twilight Saga"
No diploma at all!
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I predict that no apology will be coming from the school. Although I see Oddball's point about such asinine behavior by the school, the girl did misrepresent what she would say in her speech. "Make very few promises, but keep every one you make."
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They should have just done a Penn State on her. The salutatorian becomes the new valedictorian, and everybody else moves up one rank.












No, seriously, the school ****ed up. Can I say that? ****? No, I guess not. I'll wait until I give a speech, then.
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...the girl did misrepresent what she would say in her speech.
Do you really think she was trying to pull something? Do you really think saying "hell" at a high school graduation should warrant this kind of response?

$10 says she wrote what she meant and just flubbed it on delivery.
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Do you really think she was trying to pull something? Do you really think saying "hell" at a high school graduation should warrant this kind of response?

$10 says she wrote what she meant and just flubbed it on delivery.
Actions have consequences.
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Do you really think she was trying to pull something? Do you really think saying "hell" at a high school graduation should warrant this kind of response?

$10 says she wrote what she meant and just flubbed it on delivery.
There's no way of knowing why she did it. My gut says that she thought it would be cool to say Hell.
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I predict that no apology will be coming from the girl. A local attorney will take the case, and unless they can prove that she gave the submitted speech verbatim except for that word, they have no standing. In addition, it’s just bad PR.

The school is the one acting juvenile and childish. A simple meeting in the office letting her know that the administration did not appreciate her modification of the speech would have sufficed. She appears smart enough to get it.


"Make very few promises, but keep every one you make."

This is true and a good way to live, but let the punishment fit the crime.
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A piece of paper?? she already admitted to some college or other, I would ASSume, so who cares??

kinds like a mommy rat on side of the road bitching about some car running over her rodent kids.....

the kid did good, eff 'em skool 'authorities' forever.....
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There's no way of knowing why she did it. My gut says that she thought it would be cool to say Hell.
My gut says I don't give a shit why she really did it...it shouldn't have consequences.
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A piece of paper?? she already admitted to some college or other, I would ASSume, so who cares??

kinds like a mommy rat on side of the road bitching about some car running over her rodent kids.....

the kid did good, eff 'em skool 'authorities' forever.....
Damn.....Just damn....I could actually read that...and
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Damn.....Just damn....I could actually read that...and
Mmmm...I could, too. Wonder what's up?
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Mmmm...I could, too. Wonder what's up?
Recent head injury?
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Recent head injury?
My first thought, too. Can we start a petition to encourage no medical treatment?
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Hmm, so if I am understanding correctly, it appears you are saying that actions have consequences........
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Hmm, so if I am understanding correctly, it appears you are saying that actions have consequences........
You catch on fast.
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