I have a feeling this will be resolved first thing tomorrow morning, heh.
I almost get where the school is coming from... but I just can't quite understand their actions.
Apparently Kaitlin Nootbaar of Prague High School in Oklahoma, the 2012 class valedictorian, got into some hot water after saying the word 'hell' in her graduation speech.
The sentence she used was a semi-reference from a graduation speech from the Twilight movie series.
Here is exactly what her dad is saying she said in front of her classmates, "When she first started school she wanted to be a nurse, then a veterinarian and now that she was getting closer to graduation people would ask her what do you want to do and she said ‘How the h*** do I know? I’ve changed my mind so many times."
She went on to finish her speech and was greeted with smiling faces and congratulations.
Kaitlin and her family weren't actually aware that the school was angry with her until she went to pick up her real diploma at the school office. The administrator surprised her by saying they were going to keep her diploma until she wrote an apology for using inappropriate language.
She and her family don't think she did anything wrong, and feel no apology should be needed. After all, they're denying her access to something she's spent four years of hard work trying to obtain.
KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City has the story HERE!
What do you think?
Am I wrong for thinking the school is acting absurd, or do you think Kaitlin should issue an apology before receiving her diploma?
Photo Credits: KFOR-TV
Funny side note: The school's actual mascot is The Red Devils.... and her diploma is denied for saying 'hell.' Too funny.
UPDATE: (08/21/12 @ 8:19A CST) I'm actually shocked this hasn't been resolved yet. Supporters of Kaitlin have created a Facebook group called 'Give Kaitlin Nootbaar her diploma' and currently there are 2,554 members.
I can't confirm if it's true, but a recent commenter on that page typed, "Update: The school system has now pulled the plug on their Website, Email accounts, and NOW has turned off their phone!"
Yikes. I'm thinking it's probably time for both parties to reach a resolution.