DeMoss apologized for the Class of 2019 for having stolen the focus of the moment and someone else who clearly & insulted & # 39; was by his comments
A West Virginia director accused of teasing Ashton Kutcher in a speech to his school class says he was not going to use other people's work.
Parkersburg High School director Kenny DeMoss made a statement on Wednesday stating that he should have quoted his sources in the May 23 speech, but claimed that the & # 39; thoughts and ideas & # 39; were his.
Abby Smith, a graduate, posted a video on Facebook that blended DeMoss's speech with Kutcher's Nickelodeon Kids & # 39; Choice Awards speech in 2013 and has since garnered over 100,000 views.
The speeches used the same formulation and sometimes contained identical phrasing.
DeMoss says he is upset that the speech has caught the attention of graduating students.
& # 39; As a proud father and a faithful man, I want to sincerely apologize to those I have clearly insulted, & # 39; DeMoss said in his apology message.
DeMoss apologized for using parts of an Ashton Kutcher speech in his initial speech to finish high school students
& # 39; I never intended to take credit for what I said or to give credit specifically because of my preface. & # 39;
DeMoss said the opening of his speech, referring to & # 39; many great ideas and thoughts that helped me be who I am today & # 39;, was intended as a disclaimer to suggest that & # 39; ideas and thoughts that I am going to share, I have heard before, from others, and along with my personal beliefs, have shaped me into who I am as a man, a father and a leader. In retrospect, I wish I had quoted more. & # 39;
& # 39; Yes, I have seen the online speech of Ashton Kutcher. In my experience, however, as I have said, I have heard and seen many similar speeches in coaching and leadership clinics and in professional development that many of you do not have. & # 39;
DeMoss went on to admit that he had taken over Kutcher's speech, but also drew on comments from Ann Landers.
He also mentions that he quoted Steve Jobs, but does not mention that Kutcher did the same in his speech.
DeMoss apologized to the Class of 2019 for stealing the focus of the moment and for anyone who & # 39; clearly offended & # 39; was by his comments.
& # 39; When I started my final remarks on graduation, I didn't think my speech would be the center of attention. The graduates should be, & he said in his statement. & # 39; It is very sad to think that the focus has shifted more to my closing remarks and I am very sorry. & # 39;
& # 39; Saying something I don't receive money for, or academic credit, or a written grade, has led me not to be as specific as I should have been, instead of starting with a blanket statement, & # 39; he said.
Wood County Schools Superintendent Will Hosaflook says it is a personnel issue that is under investigation.
Abby Smith, a graduate of Parkerburg High School, has shared video in which editor-in-chief Kenneth DeMoss recites his speech for the 2019 class
Smith split the footage with Ashton Kutcher's & # 39; s words when he received the 2013 Teen Choice Ultimate Choice Award from Nickelodeon
Smith's post has more than 1,200 shares and has been viewed just under 100,000 times since it published the video on Tuesday
The similarities with speech were clear from the start.
& # 39; They are really three things I want to share. And those who really know me know that I'm very blunt, to the point, so I'm going to spill tea with you now, & DeMoss claimed during his speech.
& # 39; The first is about opportunities, the second point is intriguing, and the third is about life. & # 39;
Kutcher mentions his time on That 70s Show during his speech before he adds: & # 39; They are really three things. The first thing is about opportunities, the second thing is about being sexy, and the third thing is about life. & # 39;
The client goes further: & # 39; So first the opportunity. I believe that this possibility is very similar to hard work. When I was a child growing up, I wasn't paid to do chores. I had to do them. I had to control the vacuum cleaner, make the house dust-free, clean my room, mow the grass.
& # 39; When I was 15 years old, I had to get my first paid job as an assistant waiter so that I could pay my own insurance to help drive the family car.
& # 39; I didn't have my own car and didn't get one; the family had to share it. Then I got a job as a waiter, then I got a job with shoes in the mall, then I got a job as a worker for a construction company that wore shingles up and down a ladder to a roof and cleared up workplaces. Sometimes I did even more jobs at the same time. At one point I juggled four part-time jobs while studying.
Although the client chose the word & # 39; intriguing & # 39; instead of & # 39; sexy & # 39; to use, he immediately quoted Jobs's star when he told the audience: be smart, be considerate, be generous.
DeMoss actually quotes Steve Jobs in his speech – something that Kutcher does as well as he had just finished the film at that time.
& # 39; And the best thing about it is that I never had a job in my life that I was better than being too good for it. I was always lucky enough to just have a job and every job I had was a springboard to my next job. I never quit my job until I had my next job. And this is how opportunities for me looked like hard work. & # 39;
In his own speech, Kutcher stated: & # 39; So first chance. I believe that this possibility is very similar to hard work. When I was 13, I had my first job with my father who wore shingles on the roof. And then I got a job in a restaurant, and then I got a job at a supermarket deli and then I got a job in a factory that fished Cheerio dust off the ground.
& # 39; I have never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always lucky to have a job and every job I had was just a stepping stone to my next job and I never quit my job until I had my next job. And so, opportunities look a lot like work. & # 39;
Although the client chose the word & # 39; intriguing & # 39; instead of using & # 39; sexy & # 39 ;, he took Jobs's star directly when he told the audience: be smart, be considerate, be generous.
DeMoss actually quotes Steve Jobs in his speech – something Kutcher does because he just finished the movie at that time.
& # 39; He has now sent me a message on FB claiming that what he did was NOT plagiarism and that he had done nothing wrong & # 39 ;, said Smith Tuesday after her post began to gain popularity.
Smith – along with various other Facebook users – would share updates from the principal and various facts that further suggested that DeMoss used parts of Kuthcher's speech.
She added an update on Wednesday that said: & # 39; He has now let someone pass on the message (because he blocked me on ALL social media) that I am infringing the copyright of the company (Sweetsong) that was taking a graduation video .
& # 39; HOWEVER, I used the CAS Cable Livestream of graduation AND I do not claim that the video was my own creation (unlike some people). It sounds like someone really wants this to go away. & # 39;
Other users pointed to Twitter from DeMoss page as it was discovered that in March the director actually shared the video of Kutcher's speech with others.
& # 39; This is good advice Ashton … & # 39 ;, said the director in the March 21 tweet.
Other users pointed to DeMoss's Twitter page when it was discovered that the principal actually shared the video of Kutcher's speech in March
DeMoss wrote a long and decisive statement about how the & # 39; mix & # 39; took place
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