The father of a central Oklahoma high school valedictorian said Monday his daughter’s diploma has been withheld because she used a curse word during her graduation speech.
The Prague High School superintendent said in a statement Monday that Kaitlin Nootbaar “used language that was inappropriate for a graduation exercise.” Prague is about 60 miles east of Oklahoma City.
David Nootbaar said his daughter said during her May speech that she had wanted to be a nurse, then a veterinarian, but when people ask what she wants to be now, she said “How the hell should I know? I’ve changed my mind so many times.”
He said Kaitlin’s speech was inspired by an installment of the “Twilight” movie series, in which a character used a similar phrase during a graduation scene. He said the written version of her speech used the word “heck,” but that she inadvertently used the curse word.
School Superintendent Rick Martin issued a statement in which he called Kaitlin “an outstanding student” whose written speech had been approved.
“Unfortunately, she did not present the speech as written and used language that was inappropriate for a graduation exercise,” Martin said.
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