Parents create informal graduation ceremony after scandal

Ninety-three members of Centerburg High School's Class of 2009 celebrate at a makeshift ceremony in Centerburg Community Memorial Park. Read more
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Vivian

United States

#2 Jun 7, 2009
What is this teaching our youth, that is okay to cheat. I think there should have been no public celebration. The school board did the right thing. This is just wrong.
kajdbm

AOL

#3 Jun 7, 2009
congrats to all of you grads! way to go!
Former teacher

Columbus, OH

#4 Jun 7, 2009
The punishment was out of proportion to the offense. A comment in the records of those who actually cheated would have been appropriate, but to punish both the guilty and the innocent for this offense,and to withhold graduation earned after four years of work for one stupid act, was extreme. Fire the superintendent and don't vote for the school board. Can't wait to see this on the Tonight Show or the Daily Show!
Sage

Hickory, NC

#5 Jun 7, 2009
Vivian Said: "What is this teaching our youth, that is okay to cheat. I think there should have been no public celebration. The school board did the right thing. This is just wrong."

I guess you would rather teach our youth to cast judgement without knowing the facts? TWELVE YEARS of school and you want to cancel their graduation? I think you are a bitter old fool. Maybe we'll get a group of similarly bitter old fools together and vote to cancel your birthday.
Mark in Hilliard

United States

#6 Jun 7, 2009
Yeah I think the Board overreacted and should have went ahead with the ceremony. It was nice of the parents to hold the ceremony. All the students shouldn't have been punished for the sins of one and maybe a few more.
32 year educator

Magalia, CA

#7 Jun 7, 2009
Open Letter to Mrs. Dorthy Holden, Superintendent, Centerburg School District
I am writing to express outrage at your district's response to the hacker incident. To cancel the graduation ceremony for the entire senior class at Centerburg High School irrespective of each student's involvement is excessively mean spirited and punitive. This misguided decision will leave an indelible mark on your district's relationship with the community you serve.
The scenes of students in tears is heartbreaking. They have dreamed of their special day since grade school. This dream was reinforced countless times by school officials and parents. "Work hard so you can graduate and go to college." They should have read the fine print. "Work hard so you can graduate... but if someone commits a stupid act we will punish everyone for the act no matter your guilt or innocence." To punish everyone for the crimes of a few is morally repugnant!
Parents are now compelled to hold an alternative ceremony off campus in a local park absent the official endorsement of the district. What a sad chapter in the history of your school district and community! The district's inappropriate response to this incident will likely cause a ripple effect that will cost your district dearly in the future.
the old guy

United States

#8 Jun 7, 2009
I assume the "hacker" received an "A" in computer science.
32 year educator

Magalia, CA

#9 Jun 7, 2009
Students cheating on an exam is wrong. But was this the right answer? How many students would not have graduated if the lost credit for this exam resulted in a failing grade for the class? Would the failing grade result in an F for the one exam or the entire semester? After a student takes hundreds of tests and assignments over the years, should graduation be denied for one test in one class?

After completing 12 years of public education- should we deny recognition to hundreds of innocent students because of the acts of a few? If your answer is yes, then lets withhold your pay for the past 12 years for one inappropriate deduction on your neighbor's tax return!

Offwhiteblogger

Columbus, OH

#10 Jun 7, 2009
I'd like to congratulate the Centerburg School Board for executing such an incredible public relations coup; I am sure that taxpayers will be rushing to the ballot box to give such ham-handed fools more money the next time a levy needs passed. Way to go, morons!
Concerned Citizen

Grove City, OH

#11 Jun 7, 2009
When is it appropriate to punish someone for what someone else did wrong? Never. This superintendent and school board should all be fired.
Tim

Reynoldsburg, OH

#12 Jun 7, 2009
Parents 1, School Board 0!

Way to go, Centerburg parents!!
Richard in Vegas

AOL

#13 Jun 7, 2009
One has to sympathize with the student who did NOT participate in the cheating, but it is the height of lunacy to give all the parents of students the diplomas and let them decide. If the school cannot determine who participated that would be one thing, but there is no suggestion it cannot. So you are faced with a parent dealing with one they love saying, "Johnnie, did you cheat?" "Gee, no, mom or dad, not me" and the parent having little choice but to give them the diploma. The school district loses either way. If it can determine cheaters, it is irresponsible not to do so. If it can't, only then would the diploma release be justified. It is a small community, and it can rally around itself if it wants. People have to live with each other. But, I bet all the graduates will suffer if they go forth to enter college or seek employment outside the immediate area. And if they do, it will be the fault of the district. It could easily have ordered retesting of everyone and largely resolved the matter.
Amazed

Brodnax, VA

#14 Jun 7, 2009
Why didn't they just re-test the students with new exams?

Problem solved.
Samantha

Pickerington, OH

#15 Jun 7, 2009
I think this is great, a perfect example of how a community can band together during a difficult time. Yes, it is embarassing to know that a large portion of the student body might have been cheating, but it is wrong to punish an entire student body by taking away their graduation. Not all of them were doing it, and the administration recognized that. Why punish them so severely? It is good to know that these kids have parents who care enough to celebrate their accomplishments. It is too bad the school board is not so supportive.
Own Up

Westerville, OH

#16 Jun 7, 2009
Sage wrote:
Vivian Said: "What is this teaching our youth, that is okay to cheat. I think there should have been no public celebration. The school board did the right thing. This is just wrong."
I guess you would rather teach our youth to cast judgement without knowing the facts? TWELVE YEARS of school and you want to cancel their graduation? I think you are a bitter old fool. Maybe we'll get a group of similarly bitter old fools together and vote to cancel your birthday.
How do you NOT know that they didn't also cheat their way to where they are today. People don't just suddenly turn cheaters overnight. It's in them, it's part of their character. Justice is served. I also talked with many community members who SUPPORTED the decision and didn't show up at Cburg park. The entire class should be held responsible. This just goes to show that even though you cheated, you can still get the prize/award. Great job parents, way to make sure the valuable lesson went to heart. You are so naive to think that your little darlings either A. didn't cheat or B. Did cheat and did nothing.

I'm so ashamed to be from Cburg right now. But am proud of the school board for making this difficult decision.
Dean

Newark, OH

#17 Jun 7, 2009
Since the parents are paying the bill they should be the ones deciding - not the school employees/staff.

Since when do employees,and not the employers, decide anything? Does Walmart force you to shop a certain way?

The problem is the socialist school system - get rid of government "education" and return control to the parents.
Jen

Jacksonville, FL

#18 Jun 7, 2009
Seems it would have been more prudent for the district to have the ceremony and withhold the actual diplomas until they could verify which students were involved in the cheating. Obviously 100% were not cheaters - but 100% were deprived a ceremony that is the crowning achievement in a teen's life. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few - yet the many were punished as a result of the few. Not fair, not fair, not fair.
Sure

Westerville, OH

#19 Jun 7, 2009
Dean wrote:
Since the parents are paying the bill they should be the ones deciding - not the school employees/staff.
Since when do employees,and not the employers, decide anything? Does Walmart force you to shop a certain way?
The problem is the socialist school system - get rid of government "education" and return control to the parents.
Yea, since the parents did such a great job raising them so far. What a joke.
Dean

Newark, OH

#20 Jun 7, 2009
Sure wrote:
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What a joke.
No joke if individuals are not in charge of their own destiny, including educating their children, they are slaves - just a little more comfortable than some.

Since: Jun 09

Magalia, CA

#21 Jun 7, 2009
It's pathetic that some of the opinions in this blog are eager to brand the entire class as cheaters rather than honor the many innocent kids who honorably fulfilled their requirements. It's the stupid "one bad apple spoils the barrel" analogy. People who are eager to lay blame where it does not belong and criticize the ALL THE KIDS should be ashamed! These are the kind of people who go down after a battle and shoot all the wounded.

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