Cheating cancels graduates' ceremony

Cheating cancels graduates' ceremony

There are 46 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jun 6, 2009, titled Cheating cancels graduates' ceremony. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Upset Centerburg High School seniors gathered yesterday afternoon in front of the school, clad in their red caps and gowns after a cheating scandal scuttled their graduation ceremony.

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jimmy dresden

United States

#1 Jun 6, 2009
Dear Centerburg,

The canceling of your high school graduation ceremony is sad. The crime here is that some parents are raising Children of the Corn who are hell bent on taking the course of least resistance by cheating in lieu of applying themselves with study and learning. The parents of the honest graduates need to demand that the names of the cheats be released so they can be publicly humiliated.

The school board decision not calling for the public to attend the meeting about canceling the graduation ceremony was pusillanimous. The people of Centerburg should grab their pitchforks and torches and vote the rascals out of office, then burn them in effigy.

Warm regards
Linda Waldron

Bristol, TN

#2 Jun 6, 2009
Dear students in Centerburg,

The cancellation of your school's graduation ceremony is very tragic--tragic for you, for your parents, for your teachers and administrators. It's also tragic for others who are in the profession of education. The cheaters have violated trust, and trust is very hard to be won back after it is lost. While I believe the students and parents should have been notified that a decision to cancel ceremonies would be announced, I applaud the decision to cancel the ceremony. We should never honor acts of dishonor.

jimmiec

Dayton, OH

#3 Jun 6, 2009
Finally, a school board with integrity. The parents should be directing their ire at their sons and daughters and not at the school. It is about time someone stood up and said cheating is wrong and will not be tolerated. Kudos to the board of education.
Janet Westbrook

Naperville, IL

#4 Jun 6, 2009
This is absolutely heartbreaking!! Many years ago, my son was robbed of attending his graduation ceremony because at the last minute they decided he was 1/4 of a credit short. He went on to earn that 1/4 credit and got his diploma, but we can never go back and make up for the missed ceremony. This school board needs to be fired!!! They are injuring a group of kids that don't deserve it and it can never be undone!!
Not Too Dumb

Pataskala, OH

#5 Jun 6, 2009
Umm-m-m... this is HIGH School, for heaven's sake! It's as if graduating from eighth grade.

They cannot walk around in flowing gowns -- so what!

Focus on next fall's college courses and realize that you were so very LUCKY to have a school board to whom integrity matters (to them, even if not to the graduates).
Lisa D

Powell, OH

#6 Jun 6, 2009
Punishing all for the misdeeds of some? My hearts go out to the families of those students who were not involved. It's a shame that this day, graduation day, has been ruined because of the acts of cheaters and an administration who took the easy way out. Shame on all of them.
Nurse87

Portsmouth, OH

#7 Jun 6, 2009
To all those upset about not getting a ceremony and gown...go to college, graduate,attend your ceremony and get the last laugh. I know it seems like the end of the world now, but college has SO much more to offer you than high school! You will learn to become independent thinkers (which would have helped in this situation), who can help change the world. High school is all about who is popular and pretty...pretty insignificant 30 years from now. Go out and become successful, productive members of society!
Nurse87

Portsmouth, OH

#8 Jun 6, 2009
How can anyone disagree with this? Haven't you ever heard of becoming successful is great revenge? High school is NOT the end all, be all. It should be just a stepping stone to go on and accomplish bigger and better things. The truely successful kids in this class will see this as a lesson learned, and use it to their advantage. The others will be the same people we all see at our 25th year HS reunions who still live like they were in HS; except now they are just older and NO wiser!
Nurse87 wrote:
To all those upset about not getting a ceremony and gown...go to college, graduate,attend your ceremony and get the last laugh. I know it seems like the end of the world now, but college has SO much more to offer you than high school! You will learn to become independent thinkers (which would have helped in this situation), who can help change the world. High school is all about who is popular and pretty...pretty insignificant 30 years from now. Go out and become successful, productive members of society!
Scott

New Albany, OH

#9 Jun 6, 2009
This is absolutely criminal for the BOE to cancel the graduation ceremony. There are 47 seniors who did NOT, I REPEAT, NOT, cheat. They have done everything asked of them in order to graduate. This should have been a matter that those seniors caught cheating not be allowed to graduate. To those remaining 47, I hope you sue each and every BOE member for MILLIONS!!! Not only sue the entire BOE, but the BOE members individually as well as the 50 seniors!! I would suspect that this school will never gain the support of the community ever again. Totally wrong how they handled this situation. Punish 47 seniors who did nothing. SO WRONG!!

Since: May 09

Chicago, IL

#10 Jun 6, 2009
Hmm, sounds like the chickens of BARRY OBAMA'S presidency are coming home to roost. All the young kids who thought it was hip to support the president are now learning his real values- cheating and a hatred for moral values. IMPEACH OBAMA AND BIDEN, STOP WASTING MY HARD EARNED TAX DOLLARS!!!
Scott

New Albany, OH

#11 Jun 6, 2009
Nonpartisan observer, you are an idiot! What the heck does Obama have to do with this issue?? Obviously you have shown your ignorance and thus enhance the credibility of Obama supporters to fight the views of people like you.
klp

Marysville, OH

#12 Jun 6, 2009
Maybe the students who participated in the, "biggest prank ever," should be the ones explaining to their disappointed classmates why graduation was cancelled instead of the superintendent. "Man/Woman up," pranksters. It wasn't a, "prank," at all.

Since: May 09

Chicago, IL

#13 Jun 6, 2009
Scott, you are the idiot. Obama was the messiah for young kids, but he did everything he could to stomp out Christianity and the moral values that have held this country together. It's clear these kids were thinking "Yes I can...cheat!" when they stole the tests. Now everyone is complaining about facing the consequences of their actions rather than being a man and taking responsibility. THIS IS WHAT SOCIALISM DOES TO OUR YOUTH
Kim

Middleton, WI

#14 Jun 6, 2009
When did parents stop being the intruments of teaching their children right from wrong and that there are consequences for their actions. Now their role seems to be to minimize the consequences to their little Johnny or Susie. Where will they learn to respect those in authority if their parents circumvent the decisions of those same authorities. More than half of the graduating class were involved in some way in this cheating scandal and my bet is that some of the remaining 47 had at least heard rumors and did nothing about it. I am unsure why these cheating students won't be in summer school repeating this class but to me they seem to be getting off easy. They lose one ceremony but hopefully learn that actions have consequences. The school board seems to be willing to teach the lesson that the parents won't. To Scott who thinks that the answer is to sue everyone - this is just one more example of what is wrong with our society. The students cheat and when they are caught and punished they are encouraged to turn around and sue those who are trying to hold them accountable for their actions. That's great advice. I wonder how these students would feel if all of these cheating cases were turned over to the district attorney's office, maybe they could be charged with fraud or something. How I would have loved to have read about a community standing together to say that cheating will not be tolerated and let the consequences fall where they fall. I guess that is too much to hopeful in today's society
Jody

Galena, OH

#15 Jun 6, 2009
I hear this has been going on for years, I am sorry for the few who didn't cheat, but I have to say it is about time these kids are held responsible for their misdeeds.
What they don't understand is while the cheating might have helped them get through school, they will pay for it later because they didn't learn the material.
Rudolph

Portland, OR

#16 Jun 6, 2009
And now the resignations of the principal and the superintendent. Are these parents happy with that outcome? Two fine examples of leadership and character that parents should be thankful for have now resigned?

I am incensed and saddened at that outcome. A wrongful outcome. How dare these misdirected parents force such a punitive and hateful end result.

Such anger at these fine administrators who canceled graduation, did the right thing and are being punished professionally and personally as a result.

This just cannot be. Parents, GROW UP!
trav

Bridgeport, WV

#17 Jun 6, 2009
all of kids should not be punished for something that some of the kids did. they should have investigated and found the real cheaters. community members should not support the school at all. its hard to run a school without the community involvement.
asfasdfas

Dublin, OH

#18 Jun 6, 2009
What a great graduation at the park!! Thanks to all the parents who helped set this up, Unbelivable! the whole community had to of been there. The park was filled and it was a great site to see.

Congrats seniors 09!
No sympathy for cheaters

Blacklick, OH

#19 Jun 6, 2009
asfasdfas wrote:
What a great graduation at the park!! Thanks to all the parents who helped set this up, Unbelivable! the whole community had to of been there. The park was filled and it was a great site to see.
Congrats seniors 09!
Did you all wear Black Sox?
Joseph

Columbus, OH

#20 Jun 6, 2009
Nonpartisanobserver what a case of false advertising. Frankly I think it's more likely the cheating students are rethuglicans or children of said thugs. Think about it not doing your fair share, taking a short cut all hall marks of the rethuglican party.

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