WEST BOCA PRINCIPAL MARK STENNER ACCUSED OF PLAGIARISM, SENT US BIZARRE EMAIL

Stenner is accused of copying famous graduation speech for WBHS 2015 commencement.

Mark Stenner

Mark Stenner, principal of West Boca High School. (Courtesy Palm Beach County Schools).

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — West Boca High Schol Principal Mark Stenner is under investigation for allegedly plagiarizing his just-delivered commencement speech.

The claim comes just weeks after Stenner sent a series of emails — and left bizarre voicemails — for BocaNewsNow.com following our reporting of a US News and World Report survey showing West Boca has serious deficiencies in reading and math.

On the plagiarism accusation, both the Palm Beach Post and the Sun Sentinel report that Stenner borrowed heavily from a now famous speech given by David McCullough, Jr. in 2012, The speech featured tough talk — telling students they are “not special” and where they go from here is what matters.That speech led to a book deal.

From the Palm Beach Post:

“On Thursday, Stenner acknowledged his mistake, telling the Sun Sentinel that he ‘should have said this was in part taken from (McCullough). Be he insisted that he didn’t consider what he did to be plagiarism. “I take things off the internet and things and clean them up.”

Just weeks ago, Stenner repeatedly called the BocaNewsNow.com newsroom and sent a series of emails following our report of poor test scores for West Boca High School and its lack of a national ranking in the annual US News and World Report survey. He, ironically, accused BocaNewsNow.com of “yellow journalism.”

Here’s what he wrote:

Your Message: I have called your office twice today and have not received a response. I want to know who wrote the article you posted about West Boca High. Obviously you don’t intend on having any kind of a relationship with our local high schools after that fine example of “yellow journalism”.

Click here for our original report from May 13th.

No word at this point as to whether the plagiarism accusation will have any effect on his position for the next school year.

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