"Political correctness is a far greater threat to our freedom and liberty than is terrorism..."
(Daily Mail) A top high school student has been denied her diploma, all because she said the word 'hell' in her speech, given at the ceremony as the class valedictorian.
Kaitlin Nootbaar graduated from Oklahoma's Prague High School in May, making a speech that received laughter and applause. But when she went to collect her certificate from the school's administration office this week she was told she wouldn't be getting it until she wrote a formal letter apologising for using the "unacceptable" word. She was told she won't get the certificate until she writes a letter of apology.
The script for the teenager's speech, inspired by the film Eclipse: The Twilight Saga, had been given to the school in advance of the ceremony. It included the word 'heck', but in the excitement of the moment, she slipped up and said 'hell' instead, her dad explained. Her quote was, 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 hell do I know? I've changed my mind so many times."' Furious, Nootbaar said she won't be saying sorry because she doesn't think she did anything wrong.
Adding to her anger is the fact that she starts college in a few days on a full scholarship. She earned that diploma she completed all the state curriculum,' said Mr Nootbaar. In four years she has never made a B. She got straight A's and had a 4.0 the whole way through. She has worked so hard to stay at the top of her class and this is not right.'
Of course, the school wasn't available for comment...
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