Principal accused of copying Kutcher speech is suspended
Actor Ashton Kutcher seen at the Jobs Q&A at the ICON Theatre on Wednesday, June 17, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Barry Brecheisen / Invision)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, June 12, 2019 4:20AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, June 12, 2019 10:13AM EDT
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- A West Virginia principal accused of plagiarizing Ashton Kutcher in an address to his school's graduating class has been suspended without pay for five days.
The News and Sentinel reports that Parkersburg High School Principal Kenny DeMoss was suspended Tuesday at a Board of Education meeting. DeMoss apologized for heavily basing his May address on Kutcher's 2013 Nickelodeon Teen Choice Awards speech. He has said that he should've cited his sources but that the ideas were his own.
A Facebook video highlighting the plagiarism spliced the speeches together. DeMoss said the video excluded a disclaimer that multiple sources informed his speech. Kutcher tweeted Saturday that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and cited Oscar Wilde for the quote. He then quipped that both "kids and faculty" should cite sources.