This is beyond absurd.
A young woman in Oklahoma– her class valedictorian, going to college this fall on a full ride– is being denied her high school diploma because of this:
Nootbaar says, “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.”
He says in the written script she gave to the school she said “heck,” but in the moment she said h*** instead.
No, she is not being denied her diploma because shes a Twi-hard. Everyone stand next to your fainting coaches… Ready?… Its because she said ‘hell’ instead of ‘heck’.
“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,” says Nootbaar.
He says the principal told Kaitlin she would have to write an apology letter before he would release the diploma.
This is whats odd– The graduation ceremony was in May. It is now mid-August. The school administrators did not immediately tell her something was wrong… because they probably had the appropriate reaction to the slip-up like the rest of the audience: “Not a Big Deal”.
Here is what I think happened, based off of my own experience with the Ned Flanders Language Police– The administrators got complaints from jerk-offs/losers with a lot of time on their hands post graduation, who probably continually harassed the administrators about it, and ‘forced’ the admins to ‘do something’.
Also (again, just guessing based off of my personal experience with these kinds of people), the kind of person who would complain about ‘naughty words’ is, in reality, petty enough to use ‘naughty words’ as an excuse to settle something ‘personal’. Kaitlin pushed someones daughter in a first grade soccer match, didnt invite someones nephew to her sweet-16, or beat out someones granddaughter for valedictorian, or hell, maybe she is a real-life Mean Girl, so her utterance of the word *whispers* “HELL!” cannot be tolerated.
Kaitlin doesn’t plan on writing an apology letter because she doesn’t feel she did anything wrong.
Her family supports that choice.
Good for her, and good for her family. And though what her school is doing is BS, it doesnt technically matter. She is already accepted into college and has her scholarship– My uncle actually didnt even graduate from high school, he just went to college. I thought about a program that basically skipped your last couple years of high school and smashed it up with college. High school isnt a terminal degree, it doesnt matter.
Kaitlin is going to go on to live her life, while the losers who demanded she apologize for saying a *whispers* ‘NAUGHTY WORD!’ will continue not having lives.
Rod: What are you doing, daddy?
Ned: Imploring some people I never met to pressure a government with better things to do to punish an innocent man for doing something that nobody saw. Thats what I’m doing!
Rod: Daddy, we think you need a new mommy.