Give Kaitlin Nootbaar her diploma
  • Petitioned Prague Public Schools NBU 3504 Prague, OK 74864 - (405) 567-2281

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Prague Public Schools NBU 3504 Prague, OK 74864 - (405) 567-2281

Give Kaitlin Nootbaar her diploma

    1. Petition by

      Chaim Yankel

      Beavercreek, OH

An Oklahoma high school valedictorian who used the word "hell" in her graduation speech in May has yet to receive her diploma.

Kaitlin Nootbaar graduated from Prague High School with a 4.0 grade point average, her father, David Nootbaar, told KFOR-TV. But school administrators told him that Kaitlin would have to submit a written apology in order to get 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. Close the door, we have a problem,'" David Nootbaar told the network.

"She worked so hard to stay at the top of her class," he said. "This is not right."

In her speech—inspired by a similar address in "Eclipse: The Twilight Saga"—Kaitlin recounted how annoying it is to be constantly asked what she wants to do as graduation approached. "How the hell do I know?" she said, according to her father. "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 she delivered at graduation, "hell" it was.

The school declined to comment. "This matter is confidential and we cannot publicly say anything about it," Prague schools Superintendent Rick Martin said in a statement to KFOR.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Frances Simmons APO, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      For this kind of infraction no one should be made notorious. She has earned her diploma - give it to her!

    • James White STILLWATER, OK
      • about 2 years ago

      This is about free speech, give up the diploma.

    • Christopher Durham PHENIX CITY, AL
      • about 2 years ago

      Freedom of speech and she should be given what is rightfully her's!

    • William Grother ROBBINSVILLE, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      You are on slippery moral footing if you think the utterance 'hell' somehow invalidates the hard work of this young lady. Given she has met all the prerequisites for graduation, this attempt at public chastisement by refusing to giver her the diploma she so rightly deserves shows you value your reputation more than education. Do the right thing - give Kaitlin her diploma.

    • Cameron Bonham ANCHORAGE, AK
      • about 2 years ago

      This is a matter involving freedom of speech and fairness, this young woman earned earned her diploma and should receive it.


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