High school valedictorian denied diploma for a hell of a graduation

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  1. Stacie L profile image86
    Stacie Lposted 6 years ago

    Kaitlin Nootbaar graduated her Oklahoma high school as valedictorian, and shes gearing up to start college on a full scholarship. Yet she still doesn't have her high school diploma.

    What the hell?

    During her graduation speech at Prague High School in May, Kaitlin dropped an innocuous H-bomb, and the school wants her to apologize, KFOR-TV reported.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nationa … z24BRzr6Zj

    How crazy is that? Shes an adult and slipped so now she has to be denied her diploma? Is the principal  over reacting?

    1. prettydarkhorse profile image62
      prettydarkhorseposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      overreaction. She was just being honest to everybody and herself, she does not know what the hell she wanted to do with her life - what college course to take smile

    2. Ralph Deeds profile image67
      Ralph Deedsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I hope she dropped the f-you bomb on the idiot principal.

    3. gmwilliams profile image82
      gmwilliamsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I read the article yesterday.   I was totally floored by the reaction of the principal.    The young lady should have received her diploma.   Hell is not a bad word in comparison to the words some teens use today.     Of course, the principal is overreacting!    This is the 21st, not the 19th century!

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      Sophia Angeliqueposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      The Dad should sue the school for withholding what was rightfully hers. At this point, the word, hell, can only mildly be called an epithet.

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      Sooner28posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Stupidity, stupidity, stupidity

  2. Jonathan Janco profile image65
    Jonathan Jancoposted 6 years ago

    Is it even legal for a principal to withhold someone's diploma for any reason other than failing to meet academic requirements? To withhold a diploma for behavioral reasons I would think the offense would have to approach something felonious. Is it a felony to say the word 'hell' in the state of Oklahoma? Honestly, I wouldn't be shocked if it was.

  3. shea duane profile image60
    shea duaneposted 6 years ago

    Is hell even a 'bad' word anymore? wtf???

    1. Ralph Deeds profile image67
      Ralph Deedsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      There are very few "bad words" left, only formal English, slang and non-pc words such as crippled for disabled, the N-word for African-American and a few others. I hear "pissed" fairly often on network TV, but sxxt hasn't made it yet for some curious reason. The F word is commonly used in the New Yorker and many other publications, but it hasn't yet made the NY Times or HubPages so far as I know.

  4. JayeWisdom profile image90
    JayeWisdomposted 6 years ago

    While I've heard of academic diplomas being "held" until students paid money owed to the school or university, this is the first time I've heard of one being withheld because of something a graduate said during the graduation ceremony. If I were the student, I'd question the legality. By the time this story goes viral, the school administrators will probably regret this action. At any rate, a student who worked hard to earn valedictorian status did not deserve to be penalized in this manner.

  5. Mighty Mom profile image81
    Mighty Momposted 6 years ago

    I think that very soon that principal is not going to know what the HELL happened to his job.
    The young lady is all over the news. She is a very sympathetic character.
    She even says that if the issue is she "sinned' by saying "hell" she would be double sinning by lying with an apology.
    Good for her.

    1. Ralph Deeds profile image67
      Ralph Deedsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Smart cookie!

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    Elizabeth Dorssomposted 6 years ago

    Hell isn't even considered a bad word anymore! This just shows how backwards that part of the United States is. Hell, even if she had used a legitimate bad word, who cares? It is just a word and she obviously worked hard to earn her diploma!

    1. gmwilliams profile image82
      gmwilliamsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      As I have said before, some people are VERY CHALLENGED!

  7. Glimmer Twin Fan profile image97
    Glimmer Twin Fanposted 6 years ago

    Total overreaction and I have news for the principal.  The word hell is a lot tamer than words that most of those high school kids are using and have heard.

    1. Thelma Alberts profile image92
      Thelma Albertsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with you Glimmer Twin Fan. WTF is more worse. Maybe that principal still live in the middle age time.

      1. Thelma Alberts profile image92
        Thelma Albertsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        still lives..

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    planetwayposted 6 years ago

    Slap me, I'm having a nightmare that I live on Planet Punitive. No...wait...I do!

  9. lorddraven2000 profile image92
    lorddraven2000posted 6 years ago

    This story really took me off guard. I know teachers in that school have probably said worse. To punish a kid for making a comment that really was not geared in any way to be offensive seems absurd to me. The child is now an adult and those who set in front of her were the same. I think it was blown way out of proportion.


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