Is using the word hell that bad? Prague High School in Oklahoma seems to think so. The principle of Prague High School is not allowing a student, and valedictorian, Kaitlin from getting her diploma for saying the word “hell” in her graduation speech. Kaitlin’s father came to her defense. The principle of Prague High School told Kaitlin’s father that if she wrote a letter of apology then they would give her the diploma. School officials are not publicly commenting at this time as they say, “this is a confidential matter.”
Kaitlin and her father both believe it is unfair for Kaitlin to be denied from receiving her diploma just for saying the word “hell”. Kaitlin’s dad stated, “She earned that diploma. She did all the state curriculum.” He also pulled out her high school transcripts to show that she had a 4.0 throughout her entire high school career.
Prague High School negotiated with Kaitlin’s dad saying, “If Kaitlin apologizes, she can get her diploma.” Kaitlin however has decided not to apologize. “I’m not sorry. So writing an apology letter is just going to be a lie. If they are saying my cursing is sinning then that would be another sin. I don’t want to have two sins on my hands,” Kaitlin said jokingly.
On Anderson Cooper 360, Anderson brought up the fact that Prague High School’s mascot is actually the devil, making it quite ironic that they would have a problem with the word hell. Watch the video “Student denied diploma for saying “hell” in graduation speech” below. And let us know what you think. Do you think it is wrong that Kaitlin was denied from receiving their high school diploma for using the word “hell” in her grad speech? Or do you think that’s alright?