The high school director who plagiarized Ashton Kutcher at graduation was suspended

West Virginia school principal, Kenny DeMoss, has been suspended for five days without a salary due to the teasing of Ashton Kutcher in his graduation speech.

West Virginia school principal, Kenny DeMoss, has been suspended for five days without a salary due to the teasing of Ashton Kutcher in his graduation speech.

The director of high school in West Virginia who teased Ashton Kutcher during his graduation speech has been suspended for five days without payment.

Parkersburg High School director Kenny DeMoss was suspended on Tuesday during a meeting with the Wood County Board of Education.

DeMoss delivered a public apology before the board voted 4-1 to suspend him due to the plagiarism of Kutcher's 2013 Nickelodeon Kids & # 39; Choice Awards speech.

& # 39; My intention to speak tonight is to say I'm sorry, & # 39; said DeMoss during the prepared speech, according to The news from Parkersburg and Sentinel.

& # 39; I would never deliberately disgrace myself, my family, my school, our school system or our community. & # 39;

& # 39; I made a mistake. I have never had a negative focus on us and I apologize deeply. I hope those who are disappointed in me will forgive me. This has taught me valuable lessons and it is up to me to earn your respect and move on. & # 39;

Chief Inspector Will Hosaflook said he believes DeMoss & # 39; is properly disciplined & # 39 ;.

Client Ken DeMoss

& # 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.

The first thing is about opportunities, the second thing is about being intriguing, and the third point is about life.

So first opportunity. I believe that this possibility is very similar to hard work.

… I never resigned before I had my next job. & # 39;

Ashton Kutcher speech

& # 39; So first chance, I believe that possibility looks a lot like hard work. When I was 13, I had my first job with my father who wore shingles on the roof.

The first thing is about opportunities, the second thing is about being sexy, and the third thing is about life.

So first opportunity. I believe that this possibility is very similar to hard work.

… I never resigned before I had my next job. & # 39;

& # 39; In this case, Mr. DeMoss does not dispute the mistake he made & # 39 ;, Hosaflook said in a statement. & # 39; He accepts responsibility for his actions. & # 39;

The suspension comes almost two weeks after DeMoss has made a long statement, in which he both apologized and defended his speech to the final exam class.

DeMoss said he should have quoted his sources in the May 23 speech, but claimed that the & # 39; thoughts and ideas & # 39; were his.

The director was caught after Abby Smith, one of the graduating students, posted a video on Facebook that tied DeMoss & # 39; 2019 speech with the Kutcher speech in 2013.

The speeches clearly used the same wording and sometimes contained identical phrasing.

DeMoss said he was upset that the speech had stolen the attention of graduating students.

DeMoss was caught after Abby Smith, one of the graduating students, posted a Facebook video to connect DeMoss's speech with Kutcher's 2013 Nickelodeon Kids & Choice Awards speech

DeMoss was caught after Abby Smith, one of the graduating students, posted a Facebook video to connect DeMoss's speech with Kutcher's 2013 Nickelodeon Kids & Choice Awards speech

DeMoss was caught after Abby Smith, one of the graduating students, posted a Facebook video to connect DeMoss's speech with Kutcher's 2013 Nickelodeon Kids & Choice Awards speech

& # 39; As a proud father and a faithful man, I want to sincerely apologize to those I have clearly insulted, & # 39; he said.

& # 39; I never intended to take credit for what I said or to give credit specifically because of my preface. & # 39;

DeMoss said he should have quoted his sources in the May 23 speech, but claimed that the & # 39; thoughts and ideas & # 39; belonged to him

DeMoss said he should have quoted his sources in the May 23 speech, but claimed that the & # 39; thoughts and ideas & # 39; belonged to him

DeMoss said he should have quoted his sources in the May 23 speech, but claimed that the & # 39; thoughts and ideas & # 39; belonged to him

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 & # 39 ;.

& # 39; In retrospect, I wish I had quoted more, & # 39; he added.

& # 39; Yes, I have seen Ashton Kutcher's online speech, & # 39; the director continued.

& # 39; 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 admitted that he had taken over Kutcher's speech, but said he also drew on comments from columnist Ann Landers of the American advice.

The director noted that he quoted Steve Jobs, although he did not mention that Kutcher did the same in his 2013 speech.

DeMoss then apologized to the Class of 2019 for having stolen the focus of the moment.

& # 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;

The speeches clearly used the same terms and sometimes included the same phrasing as the Kutchers 2013 speech (photo)

The speeches clearly used the same terms and sometimes included the same phrasing as the Kutchers 2013 speech (photo)

The speeches clearly used the same terms and sometimes included the same phrasing as the Kutchers 2013 speech (photo)

& # 39; Saying something for which I do not receive money, or academic credit, or a transcribed grade, has led me not to be as specific as I should have been, instead of giving an upfront statement, & # 39 ; he added.

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.

Smith, the student who joined the two speeches, is pictured here

Smith, the student who joined the two speeches, is pictured here

Smith, the student who joined the two speeches, is pictured here

& # 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.

Twitter users later pointed out that in March DeMoss had actually shared video of Kutcher's speech in 2013

Twitter users later pointed out that in March DeMoss had actually shared video of Kutcher's speech in 2013

Twitter users later pointed out that in March DeMoss had actually shared video of Kutcher's speech in 2013

Kutcher has put the plagiarism on the back burner and winks with a borrowed quote

Kutcher has put the plagiarism on the back burner and winks with a borrowed quote

Kutcher has put the plagiarism on the back burner and winks with a borrowed quote

& # 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;

Twitter users later pointed out that in March DeMoss had actually shared video of Kutcher's speech in 2013.

& # 39; This is good advice Ashton & # 39 ;, wrote the director in the tweet on March 21.

Kutcher has put the plagiarism on the back burner and winks with a borrowed quote.

& # 39; "Imitation is the most genuine form of flattery that can bring mediocrity to grandeur," & # 39; the actor tweeted, noting that the quote was from Oscar Wilde.

& # 39; Cite your sources, children, and teachers & # 39 ;, Kutcher added.

The suspension comes almost two weeks after DeMoss posted a long statement, both apologized and defended the speech he gave to the school's graduation class

The suspension comes almost two weeks after DeMoss posted a long statement, both apologized and defended the speech he gave to the school's graduation class

The suspension comes almost two weeks after DeMoss posted a long statement, both apologized and defended the speech he gave to the school's graduation class

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