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In a printed yearbook message to Roosevelt High School Class of 2014, Principal Dr. Steven Strachan delivered almost the exact same message as California Principal Dr. Ted Barone presented to Albany High School graduates in 2013. And Strachan even ends his message by congratulating Albany High School instead of Roosevelt High School.
News 12 Long Island reports that Strachan is defending himself by saying he had permission from Barone to use the remarks in his own address. Barone, however, says Strachan only asked for permission to quote him, and he never imagined that Strachan would plagiarize him and not add the original source.
“There’s part of me that thinks it’s funny,” Barone told News 12. “There’s obviously part of me that finds it quite sad.”
At least one student said he was embarrassed by the actions of his principal.
“That’s embarrassing…To use another person’s words when you could have just sat there and wrote, took five to ten minutes out of your time to write a nice letter to us,” said student Jordan David.
Newsday reports that Dr. Strachan released a statement apologizing for the incident.
“I sincerely apologize to the Roosevelt community and to the class of 2014 for the inadvertent clerical error causing mistakes to be printed in the 2014 yearbook. An unedited draft of my remarks was accidentally published rather than the final version, and I take full responsibility for the oversight.”