Headteacher suspended for ‘plagiarising Ashton Kutcher speech’|US News
A headteacher has actually been suspended without pay after apparently plagiarising a speech by Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher.
Kenny DeMoss, headteacher at Parkersburg High School in West Virginia, is stated to have actually offered the address to students in their graduation year.
He was suspended for 5 days at a Wood County Board of Education conference, the News and Sentinel reports.
Mr DeMoss has actually apologised for greatly basing his May speech on one made by Kutcher at the 2013 Nickelodeon Teen Choice Awards.
He stated he needs to have mentioned his sources, however kept the concepts were his own.
Kutcher tweeted that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness” and pointed out Oscar Wilde for the quote on Saturday.
He then quipped that “kids and faculty” needs to mention their sources.
A Facebook video highlighting the supposed plagiarism entwined the speeches together.
Mr DeMoss stated the video left out a disclaimer that numerous sources notified his address.
Footage of Kutcher’s speech reveals him informing an audience he wishes to share some “amazing things” he found out while making a movie.
He includes: “It’s truly 3 things.
“The very first thing has to do with chance, the 2nd thing has to do with being hot, and the 3rd thing has to do with living life.”
Footage of Mr DeMoss’s speech reveals him informing students he is going to share some guidance with them, prior to including: “The very first thing has to do with chance, the 2nd thing has to do with being interesting, and the 3rd thing has to do with living life.”
Kutcher states in his speech: “I think that chance looks a lot like effort.
“When I was 13 I had my first job carrying shingles to the roof.”
Mr DeMoss states in his address: “I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work.”
He includes that at one phase he “got a job carrying shingles up and down a ladder to a roof”.
Mr DeMoss and Kutcher both state “build a life, don’t live one” as they close their speeches.