School Catches Cheaters, Cancels Graduation

Some parents in an Ohio school district that canceled graduation because of a vast cheating scandal are going to have one on their own.

School officials say they took their action because the scheme was so pervasive.

Superintendent Dorothy Holden says the district had to take a stand and let students know that cheating, or knowing about it and not reporting it, can't be tolerated. Diplomas will be mailed.

The parents organizing an unofficial graduation ceremony say they're angry about the cancellation.

The district says it has identified a student who apparently accessed shared file folders on teachers' computers.

Holden says some students admit they cheated; others said they
knew but didn't participate. Others said they had the tests but didn't use them.

One student who used the test still failed.

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  • by concerned Location: north carolina on Jun 7, 2009 at 05:42 PM
    I am very concerned about the educational system in North Carolina. It depends on who u are and what family u belong to. I have always believed that cheaters will be punished because when it comes to doing what you are suppose to know how to do, "u can't"
  • by Teacher Location: Eastern North Carolina on Jun 7, 2009 at 02:19 PM
    HURRAY for this school. Finally some backbone. Those who knew about it and said nothing were just as morally wrong as the ones who cheated. That is the lesson that needs to be taught. IT IS NOT SAD, this class lost graduation. It is SAD that students who are SUPPOSEDLY raised by good parents are taught to turn their heads. We get mad when gang members turn their heads to crime and don't talk about who committed the crimes but when GOOD students do it, it becomes a sad thing. The Bible states sin is sin. Our children must learn that wrong is wrong. Turning your head to unjust practices is just as bad as murder. As a teacher, I know it can mean a difference in scholarships or the difference between going to UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC-G. That is someone's life. Murder comes in many different forms.
  • by Alex Location: Vanceboro on Jun 7, 2009 at 05:39 AM
    If this policy were adopted in NC we would have very few graduations areound here. Cheating is rampant & almost univerally accepted. Our educational system is rapidly becoming a joke.
  • by R girl Location: gtown on Jun 7, 2009 at 12:05 AM
    Now the sadest part about this story, is that one student cheated and still failed the test now ain't that something
  • by Seriously? Say what? on Jun 6, 2009 at 06:14 PM
    I have graduated 3 times from different institutions of higher learning and walked once. It's not that big a deal. It is what you make of it.They still will receive their diplomas, just not have a ceremony. The would punish the guilty if the others would have stepped up and indentified them. Since they didn't, all have to suffer. How was the school board to know who cheated and who didn't. It's not like they lost for years, they still graduated and their hard work was rewarded. If walking across a stage is the goal of education, please pity us.
  • by Carol Location: Greenville on Jun 6, 2009 at 05:30 PM
    I agree with JAKE...punish the guilty, NOT the innocent. I also like the spending the summer doing community service idea.
  • by Seriously? Location: Wow... on Jun 6, 2009 at 02:58 PM
    I can't believe you people justify the cancelling of a graduation. But don't worry I know why, apparently you people were never part of a graduating class. That's ok. The students who really put their effort into the last 4 years of high school deserve to graduate. Don't lie and say that you never cheated. I'm sure everybody who has commented on this has cheated and gotten away with it at least once. You're not perfect, and neither are these students. I believe that the students who did cheat should have to face the consequences but cancelling the whole graduation wasn't the right way to do it. If I was one of the students that didn't cheat, and never got to graduate or walk across the floor, I would be furious, and upset. A moment that is supposed to be remembered forever is now ruined for them, and you people are condoning it! I'm glad you don't have sympathy and just because your lives are pathetic doesn't mean these children's lives should be.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jun 6, 2009 at 07:14 AM
    Its great that their graduation was canceled. However it shows the discipline the parents have over their children: We will always be there to fix your mistakes. I really really have a negative outlook for this younger generation..... Check out "Idiot America How Stupidity became a virtue in the land of the free" by Charles Pierce.
  • by sarah Location: fayetteville, nc on Jun 6, 2009 at 06:15 AM
    well, i agree with confused. work their butts off all summer long in community service then re-test everyone. the failers fail and the passers pass. i agree on the canceling of the graduation. But, its not fair that the innocent are punished for the supid cheaters. They should now give new tests. HARDER tests to the students.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Jun 6, 2009 at 06:00 AM
    Cancel graduation - Big deal!!! Better cancel graduating - until everyone has taken and passed new tests. You don't pass the test, you don't graduate- you repeat and that's that!!!
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