PRAGUE, Okla. — A high school is refusing to give their valedictorian her high school diploma after she said the word “hell” during her graduation speech.
Kaitlin Nootbaar graduated from Prague High School in May and was named valedictorian. When tasked with writing the graduation speech, she reportedly got her inspiration from the movie “Eclipse: The Twilight Saga.”
“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 h*** do I know? I’ve changed my mind so many times,” said her father, David Nootbaar.
David Nootbaar said he is furious his daughter’s school is keeping her diploma.
“She has worked so hard to stay at the top of her class and this is not right,” he said.
He says in the written script she gave to the school she said “heck,” but in the moment she said h*** instead.
Nootbaar said the audience laughed, she finished her speech to warm applause and didn’t know there was a problem.
That was until she went to pick up the real certificate this week.
“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,” Nootbaar said.
He said the principal told Kaitlin she would have to write an apology letter before he would release the diploma.
A move dad said he believes is illegal.
“She earned that diploma she completed all the state curriculum. In four years she has never made a B. She got straight A’s and had a 4.0 the whole way through,” he said.
Kaitlin starts college in a few days on a full scholarship, making the administrators’ decision even more appalling to her family.
Superintendent Dr. Rick Martin gave a statement reading, “This matter is confidential and we can not publicly say anything about it .”
Kaitlin said she doesn’t plan on writing an apology letter because she doesn’t feel she did anything wrong.
Her family said they support that choice.