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Oklahoma Educators Deny Valedictorian a Diploma for Saying the World 'Hell': VIDEO

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Also, high schooler learns that Oklahoma 'Christianists' have no sense of humor.

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  1. What is with these assholes who think they own you? Stupid overblown paper pushers.

    Posted by: James C | Aug 20, 2012 8:42:51 AM


  2. Andy, the word is "WORD" not "WORLD" in the headline. :)

    Posted by: ColinATL | Aug 20, 2012 8:58:44 AM


  3. I don't think you're using the term "educators" correctly in the headline. It seems that those keeping her from her diploma are administrators and the publicly elected school board directors. The real "educators" in her life have been the teachers who motivated her to work hard and achieve her 4.0 GPA.

    Posted by: Zac | Aug 20, 2012 9:04:05 AM


  4. I think it's worth noting.. their school mascot is a red devil...

    I think that's rather humorous.

    Posted by: theotherlee | Aug 20, 2012 9:22:00 AM


  5. Ah, Oklahoma... you never cease to depress. :(

    Posted by: Oz in OK | Aug 20, 2012 9:26:31 AM


  6. This just in...Oklahoma school board directors have now replaced the greeting "Hello" with "Hecko". "Darno" and "Ohfudgeo" are also deemed acceptable.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Aug 20, 2012 9:27:53 AM


  7. Contradictions in terms: military intelligence...Catholic morality...Oklahoma educators.

    Posted by: jomicur | Aug 20, 2012 9:31:16 AM


  8. I guess you do not get the right of freedom of speech until you get out of high school...????

    Posted by: Derek | Aug 20, 2012 9:50:59 AM


  9. And yet, I wouldn't be surprised if these "administrators" would love to put "heaven" and "hell" into the public schools via creationism and school prayer.

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Aug 20, 2012 9:54:20 AM


  10. Did she also say, "Kiss my ass while I walk out of this town forever"?

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Aug 20, 2012 10:39:02 AM


  11. Just sue them and see how fast that diploma arrives.

    on a lighter note, the diploma is from OK, so it really is not worth anything.

    Posted by: GUEST | Aug 20, 2012 10:42:19 AM


  12. I bet if she said "all fags go to hell," they would have given her a medal along with her diploma.

    Posted by: kpo5 | Aug 20, 2012 11:01:04 AM


  13. I'll be these are the same type of flat-earth, virgin-birth, knuckle-draggers who complain about too much state education bureaucratic redtape flimflammery and howl for 'local control' of school administration.

    Posted by: OKLAHOMA! | Aug 20, 2012 11:15:57 AM


  14. How about the date on that clip and a follow-up? We're long past graduation season.

    Posted by: Bingo | Aug 20, 2012 11:35:46 AM


  15. And thus the tax payers of this district will quickly find themselves on the losing end of a law suit...

    Posted by: Jester | Aug 20, 2012 12:13:46 PM


  16. There have been a variety of news stories lately about draconian enforcement of decorum rules at graduation ceremonies, particularly in the south. I'm not sure what the motivation for these rules are, as they seem very odd in many cases (like the no cheering rule for the parents). Technically, you haven't graduated until you receive your diploma, but it depends on state law. In some states, you've graduated when the diploma is signed, or when mailed, or if it exists and they pronounce you "graduates". But she has grounds for a suit.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 20, 2012 1:02:03 PM


  17. @jester
    The clip says she's due to start college in a week. It's still current.

    Posted by: jct | Aug 20, 2012 2:44:00 PM


  18. I agree with her outrage and am completely on her side, but on a purely pedantic point, her diploma is merely symbolic. Proof of high school graduation is actually posted directly on her transcript. Her college will request her transcript, not a copy of her diploma. Her high school would only be in trouble if it refused to graduate her. Not giving her a diploma is petty, but not the same as denying her graduation.

    Posted by: russdog | Aug 20, 2012 3:07:13 PM


  19. If the school wants to keep its accreditation, I'm sure it's will reverse its policy to revoke students' diplomas while violating their first amendment rights.

    Posted by: Garst | Aug 20, 2012 5:45:33 PM


  20. Whoever is that principals superior should fire him/her for that gross and idiotic decision.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 20, 2012 9:06:19 PM


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