Stop Discrimination Against High School Valedictorian

Target: Superintendent of Prague High School

Goal: Stop school principal from withholding diploma of high school valedictorian

A high school graduate who used the word “hell” in her valedictorian graduation speech is being denied her high school diploma by her school’s principal. Kaitlin Nootbaar has since made the transition to college, but her high school principal is demanding written apologies to school administration and teachers in exchange for Kaitlin’s diploma. Such discriminatory behavior from school administration is unacceptable.

When Kaitlin Nootbar used the word “hell” in her speech during her graduation ceremony, she was only using the word to illustrate a state of dilemma she felt about her college and career plans. She had decided to include the phrase, “how the hell do I know?” because of how popular movies such as Eclipse had included similar phrases in graduation speech scenes. Kaitlin’s audience found her speech amusing, but Principal David Smith did not.

Kaitlin’s father claims that the principal has bullied his daughter throughout her senior year and that forcing Kaitlin to write apologies in exchange for her diploma is an extension of a personal agenda of discrimination toward Kaitlin. Refusing to give Kaitlin her diploma is uncalled for and Kaitlin should not be required to issue apologies to teachers who were not offended by her speech. Demand that the superintendent of Kaitlin’s school reprimand her principal and allow her to receive her diploma.


Dear Prague High School Superintendent,

David Smith, Principal of Prague High School, has refused to issue a diploma for Kaitlin Nootbaar, a valedictorian student who used the word “hell” in her graduation speech. The student was not using the term in an offensive way and it was not perceived as offensive by her audience. Despite this, her principal is demanding written apologies to himself and the student’s teachers. Furthermore, when approached by the student and her father, the principal refused to talk with them and slammed the door in their faces.

Such behavior from school administrators is not acceptable. It appears that this principal has a personal prejudice against this student, who did nothing wrong and was even at the top of her class. Please reprimand David Smith for his discriminatory behavior toward an exemplary student and allow Kaitlin Nootbaar to receive her high school diploma.


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