Tuesday, August 21, 2012
"Hell" In Prague, Oklahoma
I was born in Prague, Oklahoma. My family moved away from there when I was four years old. Thank God. Yesterday we learned that the high school valedictorian at the Prague high school was told she wouldn't get her diploma unless she apologized for using the word "hell" in her valedictorian graduation speech.
It seems the term was used in relating her response when asked if she had decided on a career choice. She responded "hell, I don't know". Those present at that graduation responded with laughter and applause. All except the "word police" in the school administration.
The principal is adamant that the young lady apologize for using that dastardly word before she can hope to get her diploma.
I suspect the principal failed his civics class. I would also suspect the man never served his country in the military; too many died to give that young lady the freedom to say what she will, whether we agree with the language or not.
The young lady is getting ready to attend Southwestern Oklahoma State University beginning next week. Give her the diploma and let her get along with her life.
Sad. Damned Sad.