A high school graduate from Oklahoma who was named the school's valedictorian is being blocked by administrators from receiving her diploma because she used the word "hell" in her graduation speech.
He told Oklahoma City's NewsChannel 4: "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.'"
The school gave no indication that it disapproved of the language until it was time to pick up the physical diploma.
The school would only agree to hand over the certificate if Kaitlin issued a formal apology for her actions, but she has so far refused to do so — a decision her family supports.
"She earned that diploma she completed all the state curriculum," said Mr. Nootbaar. "In four years she has never made a B. She got straight A's and had a 4.0 the whole way through."
The school would not discuss their decision to deny Kaitlin her diploma, calling the matter "confidential."