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LI principal forced to buy new yearbooks after message debacle

Posted at 6:46 PM, Jun 18, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-18 18:46:50-04

 NEW YORK (PIX11) – A Long Island principal apologized Wednesday for allegedly plagiarizing a yearbook message to the 2014 graduates.

Roosevelt High School principal Stephen Strachan said he borrowed a quote from a high school principal in California, calling the nearly identical message an “inadvertent clerical error.”

Unfortunately, the entire message was nearly identical — Strachan even wrote the name of the California high school at the end.

A new version of the page is being printed and every student will get a corrected yearbook by Friday.

It will cost $800  which will come out of principal Strachan’s discretionary fund, according to school board officials.