Using a device that records passwords, a ring of students at an Orange County, Calif.,high school hacked into their high-achieving school’s computer system and changed their grades.
Eleven teenagers at Corona del Mar High School have been expelled this week in a scandal that allegedly involved the help of a private tutor.
Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustees reached their decision Wednesday after long, closed-door deliberations, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“This isn’t run-of-the-mill cheating. This was premeditated, sophisticated and ongoing,” Yolanda Newton, a parent from a neighboring high school, told the board during an open hearing. Newton didn’t want the expelled students to be able to enroll at other district schools, the paper said.
The students also gained access to honors tests and Advanced Placement exams.
Six of the expelled students have left the district, according to the Orange County Register. The others will be allowed to attend nearby schools in the district.
The high school, located in a small, ritzy neighborhood south of Newport Beach, has a tradition of high-achieving graduates. Out of last year’s graduating class, 99% enrolled in college in the fall, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Police are investigating the thefts.
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