Harrisonville, Mo. SCHOOL TEACHER, PLAGIARISES TheArtistChallenge.com

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Encinitas, CA

#1 Sep 11, 2010
A School Teacher with the Harrisonville, Mo. High School, Melissa Chaney, has actually plagiarized the verbiage I wrote for my website business, The Artist Challenge. She copied and pasted my script and used it for a website she created for Harrisonville High School Art Students and with very little modification for her needs, claimed it her own. She even called the site the Artist Challenge.
She colorized the topic titles in red exactly as I have them on the Challenge! She even included a sentimental line that I had written and that only my partner and I understand. She just took out my name and put in hers!
The thing that was really sad is that this is a teacher . What kind of an example is she setting for high school students?
Do you remember the high school that wouldn’t allow students to graduate, claiming they were plagiarizing online verbiage for their papers? The school board actually fired that teacher who took a stand against the kids plagiarism after their parents objected..stating she was 'ruining' the future of their children.
What kind of world is this turning into? Who are these people we're entrusting our children to? Have integrity and honesty just become optional in 2010?
This teacher and Harrisonville School District needs to take responsibility for this.
Plagiarized page-
The Challenge page- http://www.theartistchallenge.com/what-the-he...
I’ve written the Harrisonville School District. We’ll have to see what they do. The thing that's especially sad is that if she had only written me and asked to use my verbiage, I would have been happy to allow her to use it with the proper credit given to me and the Challenge. But just to steal it and put in her name pn it?
‘The Artist Challenge- A Private Art Club’ is a licensed business. Pissed off? You betcha! The Challenge is a labor of love and I’ve worked my butt off to create this website for artists.

Encinitas, CA

#2 Sep 13, 2010
Good News! I just got a call from Dr. James one of the Principals of Harrisonville High School in Missouri The school has taken down the plagiarized Artist Challenge webpage and Dr. James gave me a heartfelt apology for this occurrence. He was extremely gracious and assured me the school would take all the appropriate actions.

I'm grateful that Harrisonville High School Administrators understood the seriousness of this situation and called me personally.

In the midst of all this, a dear friend of mine Ray Shuell, said something that I want to share with you. He said,“if we don’t own our intellect- what do we own?”

This online process is a new world for all of us. We’re just now setting our boundaries but we need to understand that intellectual properties we find and like on a blog or website belong to someone else.

Thanks for your support and a special thank you to Dr. James and Harrisonville High.

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