A Long Island high school principal issued an apology Tuesday for plagiarizing a message to the graduating class of 2014 in the school’s yearbook.
Roosevelt High School principal Steven Strachan, PhD, borrowed a speech given by an Albany, California, principal almost verbatim.
Strachan’s three-paragraph message was so identical it even closed with “Congratulations to the Albany High School Class of 2013,” according to Newsday.
The original message was written by Ted Barone, principal of Albany High School, last year. That message appears on the school’s website.
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Senior Jordan Davis says Strachan made an announcement asking students to give back their yearbooks.
“He said there was an error in the yearbook that he wanted to correct and they’ll have them back out by next week or so,” Davis said.
"I received permission to quote from one of my colleagues," Strachan said.
Barone told Newsday that he received an email from Strachan last week and he granted permission to quote his work.
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"I sincerely apologize to the Roosevelt community and to the class of 2014 for the inadvertent clerical error causing mistakes to be printed in the 2014 yearbook,” Strachan said in a release through public relations firm Zimmerman/Edelson. “An unedited draft of my remarks was accidentally published rather than the final version, and I take full responsibility for the oversight."
Vice president of the school board Alfred T. Taylor called the incident an “unfortunate mistake.”
Davis says it is "embarrassing.”
“To use another person’s words when you could have just sat there and wrote – took five to 10 minutes out of your time to write a nice letter to us," he said.