Is It Legal?: School Denies Valedictorian Her Diploma for Using “Hell” in Graduation Speech
A high school in Prague, Oklahoma is refusing to handover a diploma to their valedictorian after she accidentally used the word “hell” instead of “heck” in her graduation speech. She submitted a copy for the school to take a look at before her speech, which included the word "heck," but the word “hell” accidentally came out. So, is it legal?
Seth Berenzweig and Eric Schwartzreich weighed in on this issue today during Fox and Friends.
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Eric Schwartzreich believes the school is doing the right thing by asking for an apology, saying, “We’re dealing with First Amendment issues,
the word ‘hell,’ I don’t know if that is the appropriate four-letter word that we are talking about or what the issue is … this happened in Oklahoma. The issue is that the school has the right, a responsibility. The speech was submitted, she deviated from the speech and now the school is making the argument that ‘We have a right to protect our students.’”
Seth Berenzweig believes the “School gets an 'F' for the handling of the situation,” and that it’s completely ridiculous and unreasonable that the school would force her to write an apology.