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    (PRAGUE, Okla.) — The father of a recent high school graduate in Oklahoma who has been denied a diploma because she said “hell” in her valedictorian speech has accused her principal of bullying his daughter.

    “She became a senior and he constantly picked on her,” Kaitlin Nootbaar’s father, David, said of Prague High School principal David Smith. “I thought bullying wasn’t supposed to be allowed in school.”

    Neither Smith nor superintendent Rick Martin responded to messages asking them to comment.

    In her speech, Kaitlin, 18, told her Prague, Okla., audience about how she has changed her mind numerous times about potential career choices, her father said.

    He said Kaitlin spoke of how she once wanted to be a nurse when she was younger, but then wanted to become a vet. She summarized her dilemma, her father said, with, “How the hell do I know? I’ve changed my mind so many times.”

    The teen told her parents she drew inspiration for her speech from the movies Eclipse, which is the third installment of The Twilight Saga film series, and The Hunger Games.

    Eclipse includes a graduation scene in which the speaker says, “Who the hell knows.”

    Kaitlin’s speech was met with laughter and applause, her father said. The class valedictorian walked the stage and graduated along with the rest of her class.

    Her transcripts were sent on to Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford and life went on as usual until she and her father went to collect her diploma from the high school office last week.

    “The principle shut the door on us,” David Nootbaar said, “and told us she [Kaitlin] will type apology letters to him, the school board, the superintendent and all of the teachers,” in order for her to obtain her diploma.

    Kaitlin has told her parents she does not intend to write the apology letters but, her father said, still believes she is entitled to the diploma.

    The straight-A student who has “never received a B in her life,” her father said, is now enjoying her first days at college at Southwestern Oklahoma State.

    She has decided to major in biology, her dad said, to become a marine biologist — for now.

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    Oklahoma Valedictorian Denied Diploma After Using ‘Hell’ in Her Speech

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    Gotta love the Bible Belt. That principle can't see the forest for the trees.

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    We need a new thread - "Bible Belt Bullshit."
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    Like worse words aren't said on their school campus 4,000 times a day. This is so ridiculous.

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    there should be some kind of way she can sue the shit out of that asshole. Who the fuck gave some lone asshole administrative prick that kind of power?


    *Jesus...I would not last long in school in the Bible Belt-I have already told one instructor he was being an ass and that students were starting to think he was becoming a 'real prick'...to his face.
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    That durn Twilight is a bad influence.

    Seriously, I had teachers who used words worse than "hell" in class.
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    It says "hell" a whole bunch in the bible. Get a life, school administration.

    If her transcripts have been sent and she's in college, it doesn't really matter, functionally. Still dumb as hell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterslide View Post
    That durn Twilight is a bad influence.

    Seriously, I had teachers who used words worse than "hell" in class.
    I did too, and I went to high school IN Oklahoma.

    Prague is not a very big place, best known for its earthquakes. (And I guess, now, for having a school principal who's stuck in the 19th century.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by angelais View Post
    We need a new thread - "Bible Belt Bullshit."
    Or "Bible Belt Hypocrisy".
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    It's just the paper diploma, correct? It's not as if the school can take away her actual accomplishment of finishing high school, can they? If that's the case, don't worry about it.

    Fuck them.

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    I saw this on Anderson's ridiculist. The best part is the school's mascot is a devil, for their sports team the Red Devils.

    I have a whole lot of words much worse than "hell" for these morons.

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    It's not "principle", it's "principal"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1973 View Post
    It's not "principle", it's "principal"...
    Autocorrect don't give a puck.

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    With the Red Devils being their school mascot, wouldn't "hell" be their home town? What is the big fuss?? lol


    This whole thing is bullshit!!! They normally give a detention for cussing,...so make her serve a damn detention and give her the fucking diploma. Why try to punish her more than you would any other student, especially since she is such a great student, and valedictorian of the whole flipping class!!! I'd go serve the detention, get my diploma in hand, and then tell them to FUCK RIGHT OFF!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1973 View Post
    It's not "principle", it's "principal"...
    Because (s)he's your "pal".

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