Eighth-grader who lost Jeopardy feels 'cheated' 

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  • TV personality Alex Trebek speaks onstage during the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 16, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.

The Connecticut eighth-grader who lost his “Jeopardy!” bid by misspelling “emancipation” has yet to learn the lesson of humility.

“I was pretty disappointed that I was cheated out of the ‘Final Jeopardy!’ question,” Thomas Hurley told the Danbury News Times. “It was just a spelling error.”

Thomas isn’t alone, as the “Jeopardy!” Facebook page was inundated with angry viewers who want justice.

“Alex [Trebek] didn’t need to insult this kid’s spelling,” wrote Susan Jackson of Wingdale, N.Y. “Many people feel that Thomas is owed an apology.”

Here’s an idea: Someone print “I Am Thomas Hurley” T-shirts so we can all shine a light on this travesty.

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