In 1st memo to staff, Boston school principal plagiarizes Forbes column on leadership

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A newly appointed Boston middle school principal, hoping to inspire her staff to take risks for success and to learn from one another, extensively plagiarized a Forbes Magazine column on leadership in her first memo to the staff, sparking outrage among some teachers and an apology from the principal.

Jaime Moody, principal of the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester, sent the memo by e-mail on July 9, copying word for word or slightly tweaking large chunks of the column, titled “Why Getting Comfortable with Discomfort is Crucial to Success.”

The plagiarized material consumed more than 300 words of Moody’s two-page memo and she never attributed any information to the Forbes column, written by Margie Warrell and published April 22, according to a copy of the memo.

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