Parents split on cheating response

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The graduation-canceling Centerburg school board braced itself for the worst when it met yesterday afternoon.
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zapper88

Columbus, OH

#1 Jun 9, 2009
Graduation should not have been canceled. In this country, a person is innocent until s/he is proven guilty. Admittedly, something happened regarded cheating, but who was responsible has yet to be proven or even named. Shame on school administrators and the cheaters for flaunting the law and causing this problem in the first place. I feel terribly sorry for the honest kids who were deprived of their rights and honors.
CHS CHEATS of 2009

Reynoldsburg, OH

#2 Jun 9, 2009
I sincerely hope this destroys Centerburg as a community. I hope it pits neighbor against neighbor and family member against family member. I hope it ruins friendships, wrecks marraiges and bankrupts the city. All this seems a small price to pay for your commencement.
Debby

Columbus, OH

#3 Jun 9, 2009
The Centerburg Board of Education needs to be commended for their stand for honesty in a world that doesn't value integrity very much anymore. If my child had been in this class I would still support their decision. What a life lesson for them! Other people's wrongdoing does effect each of us....and if they were not involved they can still hold their heads high. Their only other option was to ignore the situation and that would have been wrong. The Board did not know until there was no other option and it was at least half the class! Be careful what you are teaching your children by throwing this fit. "The only thing needed for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing" To the Board, I applaud your stand for honesty. You have more supporters than you know.
Birds of a Feather

Grove City, OH

#4 Jun 9, 2009
I too applaud the boards decision to cancel graduation commencement. It is so sad that the students who did not participate in the cheating had to give up their graduation but they will get over it and move on with their lives. I simply cannot beleive the parents who are so short-sighted as to not see this is the only decision the board could have made. Otherwise it would appear the board was condoning the cheating. I think the parents who do not accept responsibility for their childs actions in the cheating are as guilty as the child. I learned right from wrong when I was a kid. My conscience tells me right from wrong. If I do something I know is wrong it eats at me inside. These parents have not raised their kids to accept the consequences of wrong decisions have only pointed them in the wrong direction in life. Todays society has way too many people who are in huge hurry to exclaim, "I didn't do it!" or "It's not my fault." Trust me people, if you knew anything about it and didn't say anything to the right people it is your fault. Get over it!
everybody gets an F

Reynoldsburg, OH

#5 Jun 9, 2009
Students, teachers, administrators, parents, townspeople, anybody who doesn't see this problem for what it is gets an F! This should not be about the few who did nothing wrong. It should be about the many who did. If doing the right thing has gone out of style there is no hope for Centerburg or Ohio or America. We will all get an F.
Cat

Columbus, OH

#6 Jun 9, 2009
The parents knew of the cheating and did nothing too. Teach the children to stand up and admit they did wrong. Some of the best and the hardest life lessons are doing the right thing and admitting your wrongdoings. hail hail to the school board for taking a stand. Too bad the 47 who didnt cheat had to pay the price for their peers.
Kathy

Columbus, OH

#7 Jun 9, 2009
The American educational system is a joke; it's run like a corporation. It's all about how things look, not how they really are. There is no integrity--- teachers are pressured to pass athletes, students cheat, many teachers are not academically inclined, and there is a mentality that says a person should be passed merely for showing up and acting nice.

No wonder members of our government are compromised and in the pockets of special interests instead of serving the people. Maybe if we can restore integrity in the schools, it will spread to other areas of our culture.
Carol

United States

#8 Jun 9, 2009
bystander behavior is taking over our society. where is integrity? if my child would not have cheated they would not have taken part in a ceremony if this were our family situation. It teaches a lesson forever.
Kathy

Lancaster, OH

#9 Jun 9, 2009
I think parents have been enabling their children way too much. Finger pointing was pointed in absolutely the right place. The cheaters knew what they were doing and they knew it was wrong, therefore, NO ONE is to blame but the cheaters. I commend the board for standing up to ethics. It is time we teach our children as our parents taught us...they are accountable for their actions and they are responsible for their actions. The quicker they learn this the better adults they will be in the future, and hopefully with their own children one day. parents...syop whining...step aside and let your kids be responsible for their decisions.
srd

Reynoldsburg, OH

#10 Jun 9, 2009
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Missing the point

Apple Creek, OH

#11 Jun 9, 2009
Those of you who support the board's decision have missed the point. The board acknowledged that approximately one-half of the graduating seniors had NOTHING to do with this, and knew NOTHING about it. How was it fair to take away their graduation? Punish the guilty after a fair and thorough investigation, and move on.
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I'm all for honesty and accountability, but this smacks of a bunch of unqualified doofuses (doofi?) who didn't know what to do, so they made a rash decision. One has to wonder, given this decision, how well they handle other board business. I'm sure the voters will let them know.
Missing the point

Apple Creek, OH

#12 Jun 9, 2009
I am not from Salt Lake City, Utah! What gives with this system, Dispatch?!
Marie

New York, NY

#13 Jun 9, 2009
The most interesting thing about this whole fiasco is the parent's response. Most were irate that "their precious children" didn't get a graduation ceremony. This is how most children end up making a choice like cheating: the enabling behavior of their parents that fails to teach a sense of responsibility.
Brian

United States

#14 Jun 9, 2009
Chalk me up as a supporter of the boards decision.
Donna

Cincinnati, OH

#15 Jun 9, 2009
I think everyone agrees that it definitely is wrong to cheat. The main cheaters should have been punished. They are still only kids (which many people seem to forget) and should have been made to attend summer school and then at the end of summer school, be tested and if they passaed and new final examination, be allowed to graduate -- of course with no ceremony. For those that knew about the cheating but said nothing, chalk it up to teenage years when most kids would not "snitch" on anyone else but would just go about their daily business and act like it is funny amongst themselves but fully well knowing it isn't and that it is wrong. If they wanted to punish those kids they could have been made to take a retake test and hold graduation after the retake test. Shouldn't take too long to grade up to 90 tests. Those that actually studied and knew the work would have passed. They could have then held graduation with a normal ceremony. In my opinion, all of this has been blown completely out of proportion. To take all of this to the sheriff and legal system is not being able to handle a situation on their own wisely and going way too far.
Got what was comin

Columbus, OH

#16 Jun 9, 2009
I made it through high school and college just fine with out cheating (and it was not that long ago, either) If you think that high school is so hard that you need to cheat then you might want to rethink somethings. I know that there were people in my class that cheated their way through, and I hope that it came back to bite them in the butt later on in college or whatever they ended up doing. High school seniors should know that it is not right to cheat, and should be ashamed of themselves for doing it. You can't cheat life so I think that having a school sponsered ceremony serves them right. Believe me it was not the ceremony's memories that I cherish, it was visiting with friends and family afterwards to celebrate that I remember, so hopefully they at least got those.
Proud Mom of 09 CHS Grad

Pittsburgh, PA

#17 Jun 9, 2009
To all of you that think I did not raise my children right undoubtedly are living under a rock. Doesn't anyone remember what peer pressure can cause you to do? It doesn't make it right but it doesn't make it wrong either. Most of the kids were punished because they did not tattle-tell on their peers. The canceling of the ceremony boils down to our school board being upset that some high school kids showed loyalty to their peers and not the school.
Ashley H

United States

#18 Jun 9, 2009
I think canceling the graduation was a bit extreme and unfair. Cheating the last bit of a year doesn't excuse taking away something they have worked hard on for 13 years to achieve. I personally think withholding the diplomas and making a test for which all students have to pass again would have been a bit more fitting. The students who truly knew the material would have been ok and the ones who had cheated could have been weeded out. However such an extreme punishment could possibly teach others a lesson but lets be honest... the other kids don't care they just plan on not getting caught.
Ashley H

United States

#19 Jun 9, 2009
What about the kids who manage to cheat all the way through high school and graduate without knowing how to read? Or the parents who bust their butts working 2 jobs to put their kids through college only to have them flunk out cause they wasn't prepared? You said it doesn't make it wrong? Tell that to the child who studied and got a B so that your child could cheat and get an A then remind them again it wasn't wrong when they lose out on scholarships to someone who is half as smart as them but got better grades cause they cheated.

How can you as parents blame the school for your child's bad choices? Your job is to parent them and teach them right from wrong not take up for them and defend their wrong actions.

Maybe if we had more "parenting" going on in this world and less defending kids wouldn't be throwing babies in dumpsters, shooting up schools or selling drugs on the street corners.
CSD

United States

#20 Jun 9, 2009
The cheaters are the one's responsible for this fiasco. Without their actions none of this would be happening. Just another case of the "inmates running the asylum". The students' bad actions must have consequences, especially in the school environment.

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