Valedictorian Denied Diploma by School Officials
Help me understand something here – an Oklahoma high school senior with a spotless record and a 4.0 GPA was told by school officials she can’t pick up her diploma because a word she used during her Valedictorian speech! Find out what she said that shocked school officials!
Prague, Oklahoma values its students, not so much according to this story – when an honor student gets denied a diploma because she got nervous on the stage and said ‘hell’ vs ‘heck’ you know something is not right.
Kaitlin Nootbaar, who is off to college on a full-ride scholarship was shocked, and so am I, when she found out school officials were ticked off when she said ‘When I first started school I wanted to be a nurse, then a veterinarian and now that I was getting closer to graduation, people would ask me, what do you want to do and I said ‘How the h*** do I know? I’ve changed my mind so many times’ – if you asks me pretty typical and normal for someone who is 18 years old.
Her father is coming to her defense, saying the school is overstepping its boundaries with their decision to keep her diploma. David Nootbaar says his daughter worked for it, put in the work, and just because she got nervous on stage, she should not be penalized. I have to agree with him.
According to her father, the school is demanding she writes an apology letter and only then she can come get her diploma. But both her father and Kaitlin are refusing to do so stating that she hasn’t broken any laws.
When school officials were asked to comment on the incident they simply said they can’t comment because it’s a private matter. Really?
Do you think this young high school grad should be penalized?