How many times have you heard about high school hijinx? Pranks, skip days, outrageous stunts- all performed by seniors who want to leave their mark on their four years of secondary education. These students, more often than not, are glorified by their peers, and receive nothing more than an obligatory slap on the hand by administrators.
A story that is not often heard, is one where a student works unbelievably hard to receive perfect marks all through school. Becomes the valedictorian of her class. Receives a full scholarship to college. Yet still manages to be admonished publicly, and so outrageously that it becomes national news.
This is the story of Kaitlin Nootbaar, the star valedictorian at the local high school in Prague, Okla. Kaitlin recently went to the school’s office to pick up her diploma, which she more than earned through years of hard work and studying, only to be told she would not receive it. Obviously she must have done something extreme, right? Poured blood on a fellow classmate at the prom? Herded live animals into the school halls on the last day? Went streaking through campus?
Nope. Kaitlin had the GALL to use the word “hell” in her graduation speech. To be exact, she quoted “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” and said when people ask her what she wants to be she says, “How the hell do I know? I’ve changed my mind so many times.”
Appalling, right? Totally deserving of not receiving a piece of paper that commends her for her years of hard work and excellence, right?? The administration, who is choosing not to comment, has said if she gives them a written apology they will allow her to receive her diploma. I hope for every girl who reads her story and is inspired, she politely declines their offer.
The real kicker? The school’s mascot is the Red Devil, which is theoretically something straight from hell.
Image from ABC News.