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There's "No Confidence" in Art Johnson's Graduation Speeches Either

The Palm Beach County Teacher's Union just voted "no confidence" in Superintendent Art Johnson. Well, here at the Juice, we're voting "no confidence" in Johnson's graduation speeches.

Seem a bit odd? The only thing that's odd are his subject matters during a high school student's one shining hour before becoming fresh meat in college. Unfortunately, Art Johnson likes to put a damper on the occasion with talk of dead teenagers and criminal statistics. 

If you don't believe us, check out the Facebook groups dedicated to him; there's one called "Art Johnson Should Never Be Allowed To Speak Publicly Again (Ever)." 

Or just talk to recent high school graduates; they'll be more than happy to share their experiences.

Take Wellington High School's class of 2007, for example, where Johnson rambled on about statistics describing how many high school graduates become criminals.

"Eulogies are happier than that speech," said Jared Behringer. "He was basically like 'You'll all fail. Except some of you might make it.'"

No, that wasn't a fluke. 

The speech he gave at William T. Dwyer High School's Class of 2007 was full of joy, pleasantries, and teenagers found dead in ditches.

Alumni remember something along the lines of "Today you go into the real world, but be careful because it's dangerous. We found a 13-year-old dead in a ditch last week."

And it doesn't stop there.

Logan Brooks from Jupiter High School's class of 2007 remembers his speech as basically saying "You aren't going anywhere in life."

The superintendent's office said Johnson isn't around for comment today because he has a board meeting tonight.

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Devin Desjarlais

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