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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Students throw their mortarboards in the air during their graduation photograph at the University of Birmingham degree congregations on July 14, 2009 in Birmingham, England. Over 5000 graduates will be donning their robes this week to collect their degrees from The University of Birmingham. A recent survey suggested that there are 48 graduates competing for every job. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

There’s a high school principal who’s going viral right now for PLAGIARIZING his graduation speech.

Ken DeMoss is the principal at Parkersburg High School in West Virginia. When he spoke at graduation last week, he plagiarized his speech from none other than Ashton Kutcher.

Back in 2013, Ashton Kutcher gave an inspirational speech at the Teen Choice Awards. This guy ripped it off.

He structured his speech like Ashton. He used a lot of the same phrases, clichés, and examples about the importance of respecting hard work and being smart. He even ended with the same Steve Jobs quote and by saying “I love you guys.”

One of the students at the school realized her principal had just ripped off Ashton Kutcher so she edited together a YouTube video of the two speeches.

Once it went viral, the principal admitted that he saw Ashton’s speech and borrowed quite a bit from it but that he is a man of faith.

He also says, quote, “It was never my intent to take credit for what I said” . . . and noted he didn’t get paid extra to give the speech.

Here are the two speeches below… what do you think? More on the story here.



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