Student Caught Cheating at Sequoia High School
Original post made by Parent on Apr 26, 2012
The lawsuit, filed April 18 in San Mateo County Superior Court, claims the teenager's due process rights were violated. It names as defendants the Sequoia Union High School District, District Superintendent James Lianides and Sequoia High School Principal Bonnie Hansen.
The sophomore had signed an "Academic Honesty Pledge" at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year that declares cheating is grounds for immediate removal from the advanced-level program; his mother also had signed it.
on Apr 27, 2012 at 6:35 am
The Academic Honesty pledge signed by the boy and his mother states that there will be no cheating, and that the penalty is removal from the class with no exceptions. He acknowledges copying someone else's homework.
I hope that the district follows the stated policy, and does not make an exception for a cheater with shameless parents.
on Apr 27, 2012 at 7:29 am
Hmmmm..parents suing school for kicking son out of school for cheating..wonder where the kid learned he could get away with cheating?
Hang tough, school.
on Apr 27, 2012 at 7:46 am
I just heard on the radio that the Daddy is a lawyer - surprise, surprise. And he is working hard to ensure special treatment for his student. I have heard the school district has already compromised by agreeing to not list the transgression on the kid's transcript. Still, they have removed the kid from the specific class for this year. And - Daddy is still negotiating and suing.
This does worry me in that it may mean that if take a kid, from a non-lawyer family, then you don't have parent(s) who are willing/capable to try to intimidate the school district, then the penalty would stand; whereas if your parent(s) ARE lawyers you end up with an advantage.
None of this speaks to right and wrong, which sadly seems to get lost in the situation.
I suppose some lawyer families would do the right thing and have the kid take his punishment, but from what I have seen in PAUSD I am not sure...