Kaitlin Nootbaar, an Oklahoma high school valedictorian, is being denied her diploma … because she said the word HELL in her May graduation speech.
She graduated from Prague High School with a 4.0 GPA, but has been told she will have to submit a written apology in order to receive her diploma.
“We went to the office and asked for the diploma and the principal said, ‘Your diploma is right here but you’re not getting it,’” her dad, David, recalled.
“‘Close the door, we have a problem.’”
In her speech – obviously inspired by a similar address in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – Kaitlin reflected on being asked constantly what her future plans are.
“How the hell do I know?” she said. “I’ve changed my mind so many times.”
In the version she submitted to the school for approval, “hell” was “heck.” But in the version Nootbaar delivered live at graduation, “hell” it was.
Now it’s what she’s going through, you could say. All because Bella’s graduation scene in Eclipse was so profound. Kristen Stewart just can’t win.
“She worked so hard to stay at the top of her class,” David Nootbaar said of his daughter not receiving her diploma. “This is just not right.”
Should Kaitlin apologize and get her diploma?
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High School Valedictorian Denied Diploma For Saying "Hell" in Graduation Speech