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Los Angeles school cheating scandal: 11 students hacked system, changed grades

Classroom full of student desks
Classroom full of student desks
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A Los Angeles school cheating scandal involving no less than 11 students is making headlines this afternoon. These high school students of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District in California are accused of hacking into the computer system in order to access exams early and even change their grades. The Epoch Times reports this Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, that the Southern Californian school board has also recently voted after an intense meeting to punish the students for their illicit actions.

The Los Angeles school cheating scandal came to an abrupt conclusion early this morning after the district school board arrived at a decision on the consequences 11 students attending the high-end Corona del Mar High School should receive. After deliberating together in closed quarters for several hours, the school board came forward after midnight to agree with school administrators on a set punishment for the accused students.

The recommendations given by these school officials were for a form of punishment that while severe, is not on the extreme level of expulsion. However, district authorities of the South California school were unable to go into much greater details on the particular discipline, explaining that a combination of confidentiality ordinances and privacy strictures prevent the specifics from being revealed to the public.

According to the report, the 11 students charged with hacking into the school’s computer system and changing grades were able to do so “through the technical assistance of a private tutor” that was being actively sought by police after going missing since Dec. 2013.

The board certified that all students involved in the Los Angeles school cheating scandal will be permitted to attend local schools in the same district, but can no longer attend Corona del Mar High School. As part of the education deal, the 11 students accused of the crime will then have their disciplinary punishments struck from their official records.

“The Board’s action imposes discipline upon these students for the maximum allowed by the Education Code for what occurred at Corona del Mar High School,” board President Karen Yelsey said during her announcement of the board’s votes.

As cited in the press release:

“The agreements, known as stipulated expulsions, allow the district to avoid hearings where officials would be required to provide detailed evidence of the students’ wrongdoing and allow the families to respond, the Register said. The parents must also agree not to challenge the punishment in court.”

More details on this still emerging story are limited due to the students involved being minors and the school board’s decision preventing a considerable amount of information being released to the press

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