kaitlin nootbaar


This is Kaitlin Nootbaar, a High school valedictorian who has been denied her diploma because she said ‘hell’ during graduation speech. She’s a top high school student and graduated from Oklahoma’s Prague High School in May, making a speech that received laughter and applause. But when she went to collect her certificate from the school’s administration office this week she was told she wouldn’t be getting it until she wrote a formal letter apologising for using the unacceptable word.

Unacceptable word? Hell is in the freaking BIBLE!

'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’s father, David told kfor.com. The script for the teenager’s speech, inspired by the film Eclipse: The Twilight Saga, had been given to the school in advance of the ceremony. It included the word 'heck’ but in the moment she slipped up and said 'hell’ instead, her dad explained.

'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 hell do I know? I’ve changed my mind so many times.”’

Furious, Nootbaar said she won’t be saying sorry because she doesn’t think she did anything wrong. Adding to her anger is the fact that she starts college in a few days on a full scholarship.

'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. She has worked so hard to stay at the top of her class and this is not right,’ said Mr Nootbaar.


Kaitlin Nootbaar, a straight-A Oklahoma high school student, is being denied her diploma because she used the word “hell” in her graduation speech as valedictorian, and she and her parents are furious.

In delivering her address during the Prague High School graduation ceremony in May, the teen alluded to instances where people would ask her what she wanted to do with her life as graduation approached, to which she said, “How the hell do I know? I’ve changed my mind so many times,” her father David Nootbaar told KFOR.

The statement received laughter and applause from her fellow graduates, her father said. But when Kaitlin went to collect her diploma this week, school officials said they won’t release the certificate until she writes an apology for using the word.


The Huffington Post

This is absolutely ridiculous. This young woman spent four years earning perfect grades and proving herself to be a superiour student and they are withholding her diploma over the word ‘hell’?

Oh, and it gets better, because the school mascot? It’s a devil.

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Things that suck: Not getting your high school diploma because you deliver a twilight inspired speech people like! 

This seems so weird to me. How can someone in high school (especially public high school) still get in trouble for saying hell? It seems like the principal is holding a grudge for not being in the know. 

Just give the girl her diploma.