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High school principal resigns after plagiarizing graduation speech

MEAD, Colo. — A local high school principal has resigned after plagiarizing a best-selling book during his speech to graduating seniors.

According to the Longmont Times-Call, Mead High School principal Troy Snyder took more than half of his speech from “Lean In”, a New York Times bestseller, which was written by Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.

Though the St. Vrain Valley Superintendent confirmed the plagiarism and resignation to the Times-Call, district representatives refused multiple requests for information and comment by FOX31 Denver.

The news caught students like Haley Abbott by surprise. As a freshman last fall, Abbott says she had to learn the student handbook, which prohibits plagiarism among students.

YouTube video from graduation shows Snyder on stage as students gave their speeches. Though video of Snyder’s speech was not posted online, the Times-Call reported that a member of the public notified the district that Snyder plagiarized more than half of his speech from the book.

“That’s a little odd. I mean, I drive truck for a living and I wouldn’t even do that,” said James Abbott, Haley’s father. “He’s an educator. He’s supposed to be somebody that our children look up to.”

James Abbott says he is happy with one thing. He’s glad Snyder faced his mistake.

“I agree that he was man enough to resign,” Abbott said.

1 Comment

  • Desiree Manzanares

    I don’t understand why he would resign. Yes accept that you have taken a large part of your speech from a book and apologize. Seriously more than half of high school graduation speeches even college speeches they are quoting something from some where. Who, has ever used something they heard or read to make a joke or a point most everyone has. Let the man have his job back, far to often we loose sight of what is important

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