High School Principal Accused of Copying Ashton Kutcher's Teen Choice Awards Speech

Some of the West Virginia grads are asking for an apology.
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One graduate at Parkersburg High School in West Virginia thought the inspiring words of her principal at graduation sounded familiar. 

Abby Smith remembered hearing similar sentiments from Ashton Kutcher.

At the Teen Choice Awards in 2013, Kutcher told the youth of America, “I wanted to share those things with you guys because they have helped me to be here today.” 

Kutcher said he had three things he wanted to speak about, which were “about opportunity,” “about being sexy” and “about living life.” 

Smith compared that speech to her principal's and to her shock they were almost exactly the same. Smith’s principal changed the word “sexy” to “intriguing,” but the message remained.

Now, some of the West Virginia grads are asking for an apology.

Inside Edition reached out to Principal Kenny DeMoss, who sent a statement saying, “As a proud father and a man of faith, I want to sincerely apologize to those I have obviously offended.

"It was never my intent to take credit for what I said.”


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