Centerburg High School cancels gradua...

Centerburg High School cancels graduation amid cheating scandal

There are 267 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jun 5, 2009, titled Centerburg High School cancels graduation amid cheating scandal. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

The graduation ceremony for Centerburg High School students has been canceled after school officials say many seniors cheated on tests by obtaining copies hacked from the school's computer system.

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Thats not right

Columbus, OH

#1 Jun 5, 2009
That's not right to do to the seniors that didnt do anything wrong. If nothing else they should postpone graduation until they find out who was involved. Those kids have looked forward to this their whole lives and not to mention the parents feelings who has worked hard to put their children through high school. As a parent of three younger children (13,10.&6) I would be outraged!
JLebowski

Maineville, OH

#2 Jun 5, 2009
Yeah but the kids knew who was cheating and didn't warn or leave a note about who was doing it.
It's a valuable life lesson. No matter how wrong someone is acting, you still have to step in and stop them. Cause yes, Virginia, they can ruin it for everyone.
Connie Moore CHS Resident

United States

#3 Jun 5, 2009
Once again the Centerburg School Board has approached a difficult situation in a immature and knee jerk reaction. Instead of looking at the root cause of this security breach and identifying means in which to overcome those gaps, in an adult and professional manner --- they put the blame solely on these select children. I am Director of IT for a large company, and IT security is always being tested and certainly in a school environment students interested in IT or hacking will always test the waters. Unfortunately Centerburg is known for hiring individuals that are family members or staff which often indicates they are under qualified for the job or role, not looking at their qualifications and experience. Truly and old boy mentality.
Canceling Graduation .. Once again punishing the whole for the few !! If there are those seniors who grades are questionable remove them from graduating ceremony, or give them empty documents. THis is not a necessary action, it was once again trying to avoid a difficult situation and handling it in a professional adult manner --- hide their tails and blow it out of proportion. There is no regret, the regret is that CHS is getting exposed outside of Centerburg and Knox County... look under all covers and you will find all kinds of mis management -- financially, teacher/student inappropriate relationships, and teachers that are unqualified to teach, more empahsis on athletics versus academics .
I would gladly give more additional insight, I have lived in Centerburg for 15 years... and this is just an small example of icing on the cake...
Joshua Paul Michael

Marion, OH

#4 Jun 5, 2009
I dont not agree with these actions!!
enough said
abb

Marion, OH

#5 Jun 5, 2009
I am honestly torn about this. I know that more than a handful of students (50+) were involved in this. I understand how frustrated the board of education and the staff at Centerburg is and even though it outrages parents and family, it seems like a good resolution to cancel graduation. Many of these students don't deserve the grades. They have been cheating all year. Not only that, but they have also hacked into computers and changed grades. Some of the students that graduated and cheated have received scholarship money, and they clearly don't deserve that. Future colleges are not going to want to accept them and these students have really jeopardized that. It is such a shame, and they have reflected such a negative light on the school. This does really suck for the students who didn't cheat but there is no other option. They can't have a ceremony with only a handful of kids. How can the teachers be expected to give speeches? It is just a shame. These teachers have built relationships with some of the students that cheated and the teachers trusted them. That is all gone now, and that obviously meant nothing to these students. This whole thing is just utter stupidity. The only positive thing you can pull out of this is that no other student will ever do anything like this and it set a permanent example for all under class man. I hope we have all learned something from this
idk

Marion, OH

#6 Jun 5, 2009
wow joshua paul work on your english skills... i feel sorry for the seniors that didnt do anything
Rob in Galloway

Lancaster, OH

#7 Jun 5, 2009
I feel these students are being mistreated due to the actions of a few. This situation is like amputating someones arm for a paper cut on a finger. It just does not make sense. I truly hope that the kids not involved get their graduation. The school board needs to reinstate graduation imeadiately. Then they can take the time to see who was involved and look to file criminal or civil cases in Knox County Court against those involved. It sounds like they are just takning the LAZY way out so they can have their Saturday free to go see The Memorial.
future

Marion, OH

#8 Jun 5, 2009
I am thoroughly disturbed at the actions of the class of 2009. However, I feel that the select few "leaders" of these actions should be punished and not the whole class. I think that there should still be a graduation ceremony and the kids not involved should still get their earned right to walk the walk they've earned through their past 13 years of hard work and efforts. Also, you have to think of the friends and families of the graduates who might be coming from far away and how crushed loving parents will be if their kids don't get to walk the coveted walk to receive their diploma. I feel really sorry for the innocent graduates who cant have their ceremony.
peter griffin

Marion, OH

#9 Jun 5, 2009
abb, i totally agree with what you said. for not being smart it was pretty well written
ashley vandyke

Mount Gilead, OH

#10 Jun 5, 2009
I understand that there will be no graduation held at CHS this year. After hearing many reasons why it will not be held, I’m still not convinced. If one or a couple students made a wrong decision then they should be held accountable. NOT 80! As a recent graduate of CHS, I know how important graduating is. After that much schooling, walking across that stage is needed. It is the beginning of the “best” years of our lives. Without being able to walk I wouldn’t have the memories that I have. I remember the feeling of completion when I walked down those stairs to my seat. I remember how proud I was to have Mr. Nauman speak at my graduation and how as always he turned tears of sadness into tears of joy. I remember crying as I gave my parents the rose. Even though I wasn’t leaving until fall for school, it was a parting time from our parents. They need this. Punish those involved. Not all 80!!

And def!! Everything Connie said is so true. After all these relatives being hired with NO qualifications do you honestly expect CHS to run top notch. NO!! Maybe our teams will run top notch but there is no emphasis on ANY thing else. Also, Mr. Morgan is a good man and good Principal. I feel as though this situation is taking more of a toll on him than some may think. He is just doing his job right now and i've read some things toward him that I do not agree with. Please make comments to the school board and not him. THANKS
Ric

United States

#11 Jun 5, 2009
It is horrible that a few kids ruin it for everyone. The ceremony at graduation is a celebration of hard work and commitment. Pretty apparent that some students were working harding then others, unfortunately in a mischevious and criminal manner. Too bad the principal can't use capital punishment like they can in a private school. I think it is a good decision by the board but it is truly unfair to those students that were not involved.
Sad Aunt in Centerburg

Mount Vernon, OH

#12 Jun 5, 2009
As a resident and as an aunt with someone graduating from CHS, I am very disappointed with the School Board. It is my understanding that some of the teachers knew about this weeks ago. Why punish the whole class. Let those kids graduate then pursue legal action against the kids involved. Don't ruin the kids dreams of graduating or the relatives that are coming from out of state.

LET THOSE KIDS GRADUATE.
Ric

United States

#13 Jun 5, 2009
Rob in Galloway wrote:
I feel these students are being mistreated due to the actions of a few. This situation is like amputating someones arm for a paper cut on a finger. It just does not make sense. I truly hope that the kids not involved get their graduation. The school board needs to reinstate graduation imeadiately. Then they can take the time to see who was involved and look to file criminal or civil cases in Knox County Court against those involved. It sounds like they are just takning the LAZY way out so they can have their Saturday free to go see The Memorial.
Seems more like they are cutting off the arm of a classmate that had a papercut!
Kramer Iannarino

Westerville, OH

#14 Jun 5, 2009
Hello Sad Aunt in Centerburg... or should I say... BETTY ANN STRATTON!!! Hahaha. Anyways, I've come to know Centerburg pretty well (I graduated 2 years ago), and everyone gets to know each other so well. You can't just turn somebody in when you know they're doing something wrong; it goes against everything we're taught as kids. No one wants to be labeled as a NARC. Once you harm your reputation in Centerburg, you're finished. Cancelling graduation is a little harsh; stuff like this has happened all over the country (which is a little sad), but since nothing bad ever happens in Centerburg, they decided to freak out a little bit.
Donna

Cincinnati, OH

#15 Jun 5, 2009
future wrote:
I am thoroughly disturbed at the actions of the class of 2009. However, I feel that the select few "leaders" of these actions should be punished and not the whole class. I think that there should still be a graduation ceremony and the kids not involved should still get their earned right to walk the walk they've earned through their past 13 years of hard work and efforts. Also, you have to think of the friends and families of the graduates who might be coming from far away and how crushed loving parents will be if their kids don't get to walk the coveted walk to receive their diploma. I feel really sorry for the innocent graduates who cant have their ceremony.
I agree that it is a shame that this happened and it shouldn't have. Of the 50 students who were involved, I don't believe I heard an exact count of who knew but was not involved directly in the computer hacking or sharing of the tests. As far as everyone knows, it could be that only 10 of the 97 students were actually involved and the rest just knew about it. It is not entirely unusual that kids this age would not "tell" and might have just kept it to themselves. I probably would have just talked about it with my friends and might not have mentioned anything when I was in high school too. So, I do not think it fair to not allow the rest of the kids that were not directly involved in this computer hacking to graduate and have their parents participate in a formal cap and gown ceremony. I'm sure that the high school will also have learned a lesson and put better security on their computer systems. Were their IT people (if they had IT individuals) fired or reprimanded because of lack of better system security, probably not.
Stewie Griffin

Powell, OH

#16 Jun 5, 2009
Kramer's post illustrates why this happened in C-burg. Narcing isn't the real issue. If something is wrong, why stand for it and let it go? I don't think allowing a wrong to stand is what you were taught as a kid. At least not back when I was growing up (a really long time ago...).
And Connie is absolutely right: there is such a "good old boy network" in C-burg, with favoritism running rampant. Qualified teachers and staff are not hired, but those with the right family connections are.
I'm sorry these seniors are losing their grad ceremony. But this is not a case of a few ruining for the many. Three-fourths of the senior class had a part in this. Thats a little more than a few...
Junior at C-burg

Marion, OH

#17 Jun 5, 2009
People don't seem to understand that it's not just a handful of seniors that were involved in this problem, it was most of the senior class. the decision made to cancel graduation was the right one. Most of them don't deserve to walk. There would be not point in only having graduation for a select group of seniors. Now because of the actions of these seniors, we as juniors have to suffer the most next year. I hope people start to think before they act.
Ric

United States

#18 Jun 5, 2009
Stewie Griffin wrote:
Kramer's post illustrates why this happened in C-burg. Narcing isn't the real issue. If something is wrong, why stand for it and let it go? I don't think allowing a wrong to stand is what you were taught as a kid. At least not back when I was growing up (a really long time ago...).
And Connie is absolutely right: there is such a "good old boy network" in C-burg, with favoritism running rampant. Qualified teachers and staff are not hired, but those with the right family connections are.
I'm sorry these seniors are losing their grad ceremony. But this is not a case of a few ruining for the many. Three-fourths of the senior class had a part in this. Thats a little more than a few...
The more I listen the more the quote "An apple doesn't fall far from the tree" sounds like the case here. Kids are just doing what the school system is doing! Cheating. In the end they all suffer.
Mosholder

Germany

#19 Jun 5, 2009
I believe that each child should be treated as an individual. When something like this happens, I like to address each student. I will ask questions to get to the bottom of the situation.

After I talk to the students, I will tell them how much I care, then do nothing to discipline them.

That's how I would handle it.
BStratton

Marysville, OH

#20 Jun 5, 2009
FYI: I am NOT the Sad Aunt in Centerburg!!! That is a case mistaken identity!!! C'Burg has ALWAYS swept their problems under the rug - it's a shame that the Board of Education had to start with the Graduation Class of '09.

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