ROOSEVELT - Roosevelt High School’s principal is being accused of plagiarizing the message he left for seniors in the school’s yearbook.
Some of the words that Dr. Steven Strachan used for his message to the graduating class were actually written by another principal in Albany, Calif. The last line in the Roosevelt principal’s message even includes, “Congratulations to the Albany High School Class of 2013!”
The principal refused to speak with News 12 about the controversy. He sent a statement calling it a “clerical error” and saying that he had permission from the California principal to reuse his remarks.
Students at the school were not pleased that their principal choose to use somebody else’s words in the yearbook.
“That's embarrassing…To use another person's words when you could have taken five, ten minutes out of your time to write a nice letter to us,” said senior Jordan David.
Dr. Strachan says an unedited draft of his remarks was accidentally published rather than the final version. The yearbooks were collected and are being reprinted. They will be handed out later this week.