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Top Student Charged With Fixing Grades For Cash 135

Posted by timothy
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alphadogg writes "A Nevada student who gave the opening address at his high school graduation last year has been charged with breaking into his school district's computer system and bumping up his classmates' grades for a fee. Police say Tyler Coyner, 19, was the ringleader in a group of 13 students who have been charged with conspiracy, theft and computer intrusion in connection with the case. Last year, Coyner somehow obtained a password to the Pahrump Valley High School's grade system and, over the course of two semesters, offered to change grades in return for cash payments, police say."
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Top Student Charged With Fixing Grades For Cash

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  • by Joe The Dragon (967727) on Saturday March 05, 2011 @10:59AM (#35389136)

    was the password on a piece of paper in the office and he just know where it was stored it?

  • by Joe The Dragon (967727) on Saturday March 05, 2011 @11:01AM (#35389156)

    doing it for free is not the same as doing it for cash.

    If you do it for free maybe you get a F or get kicked out but for cash may mean doing some time.

  • Top Student (Score:4, Insightful)

    by neoform (551705) <djneoform@gmail.com> on Saturday March 05, 2011 @11:25AM (#35389278) Homepage

    Was he really the top student, or did he fix his own grades too?

  • by unity100 (970058) on Saturday March 05, 2011 @11:45AM (#35389376) Homepage Journal
    After college, he will probably get tapped by a rating agency right away. Standards & Poors, Fitch, whatever.

    lucky brat. then he will be able to fix grades all he wants, and will be paid for and applauded for it.
  • bah! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Blymie (231220) on Saturday March 05, 2011 @04:39PM (#35391776)

    You know, 25 years ago I managed to get a hold of a teacher's grade book. I modified my mark on one test, just because I was annoyed at having an overall average under 90%.

    (We didn't have A or C grades, nor GPA... just a mean average of all tests in the year. 85% right, 97% right, etc)

    Funny thing is, first -- he did not notice until a friend of mine kept saying 'doesn't that 8 look weird?' to the teacher. ;) It was all good fun, in that, we could not believe he had not noticed.

    However, the downside was -- woha, the mark I changed were zeroed out. He felt that was punishment enough, in that, I had moved from 87% to 83% in terms of my new average.

    How the *hell* does any of this result in criminal charges. My *god*, these are *kids*. Criminal charges?! Teenagers do *stupid* things. They do them on the spur of the moment. Punishment is required so one can learn that there are repercussions, but come on!

    Suspend them for a week, if you must. Force them to donate the money to charity, or some such. Zero out all the grades they changed, if you must.

    Call the police?! What is *wrong* with people?!

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