Students caught cheating at Cary's Panther Creek

Posted May 3, 2012
Updated May 4, 2012

— A junior at Cary's Panther Creek High School has been suspended and four others placed in detention after they were caught on a social networking site talking about a test, a spokeswoman for the Wake County Public School System said Thursday.

Cris Mulder, chief of family and public engagement for the Wake County Public School System, said that one of the students took a picture of a test and either sent it over email or by text message to the other students.

She would not say what kind of test it was.

Another student noticed the online conversation and reported it to school administrators.

The student who took the photo was suspended for five days, while the other students received detention, Mulder said.

Some of the students are in advanced classes and rank in the top 10 percent of the junior class.

One of them was also removed from the National Honor Society, although Mulder did not say which one. The national organization recognizes outstanding high school students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character.

"The competition to get into the university system, the rigor, has increased, and I think there's a tremendous amount of pressure on kids," Ruth Steidinger, senior director of middle school programs for the school district, said. "This is an example of good kids making bad decisions."

Mulder said that school system policy dictates that the students be given a chance to take a similar test, and that grade will be factored into their overall grade.

Word of the cheating scandal has spread through school, and the students say it paints a bad picture of the rest of the students at Panther Creek.

"I don't like to hear that kind of stuff. What happens is there's stuff that goes on and then they tighten up on all the regulations and they make more rules so it ruins a lot of stuff for kids who don't do it," junior Jake Carr said.

Wake County schools Superintendent Tony Tata on Friday said he supported the principals decision to punish the students with suspension and detention. 


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  • leecountymama May 14, 2012

    sounds like somebody needs to get smarter than the kids...

  • Canes Girl Forever May 10, 2012

    Why is this news. It happens everyday.

  • technetium9 May 10, 2012

    EVERYONE cheats in life, what these little snowflakes learned was is to be smarter about it. If they don't get smarter then they have a future as LEOs. Asbestos underwear on, flame away

  • SueInNC May 9, 2012

    Reality check - you need a reality check yourself. Not EVERYONE school or in life outside/after school. And if you think they do, then maybe you're surrounding yourself with losers. I've never cheated on anything and never allowed any of my friends to look at my work/papers/tests/quizzes/whatever. Integrity can't be taken so lightly, as I feel your comments seem to indicate (maybe I'm mistaken?). It's what you do when no one's looking that makes you a person of great, little or no integrity. The girl who took the picture of it should get an automatic F, period, no questions asked.

  • SueInNC May 9, 2012

    PCmomof3, you are SO right on all counts.

  • SueInNC May 9, 2012

    So the kids who do NOT cheat GET Cheated out of their rightful class rank and this is OK????? What a joke! Someone'll get a scholarship that belongs to someone else over stuff like this! They should ALL be suspended, and the girl who took the picture should be Expelled...

  • PCmomof3 May 9, 2012

    There is no excuse for cheating. You can't blame the curriculum, the teachers, the parents, the leaders of our county. It comes down to personal integrity and these students don't have it.

    If the school considers this a behavioral issue, then take away privileges. Two things that come to mind for students in the top ten are: 1) Students in the top 10 are automatically chosen to be junior marshalls for graduation. I don't believe that students who cheat should be allowed to represent the junior class in this way. 2) Students in the top 10 are in the running to make a speech at their graduation (voted on by the senior class). I don't believe that students who cheat should be kept in the running. I can't imagine sitting at my daughter's graduation next year listening to a speech written and delivered by someone who was caught cheating.

    The really sad thing is that this isn't the only time these students have cheated and these aren't the only students cheating.

  • Reality Check 1 May 8, 2012

    "Take a reality check, reality check. You cheat and get caught you get judged and punished. That's how they learn not to cheat. I love the old saying "if you don't discipline your kids now, society will do it later". Of course no one is perfect all the time but when you get caught, own up and be accountable"

    Ummm these kids did own up and were held accountable. Regardless is we all agree on the punishment, they were suspended correct??? I have no problem with the school taking the steps that were already in place for these type of incidents because again like I have said cheating is wrong. What I have a problem with is people like you posting all these "concerns" about the kids class rankings and how maybe they would not be there and how they should not be allowed to retake a test. Again, you are in no position to make those judgements so don't.

  • shepherdofwolves May 7, 2012

    Um, this type of stuff happens every test day in Wake Co. I doubt no less than 65-70% of the people I knew in high school cheated on a major test at least once or twice. I saw it regularly in college as well.

    And remembering those days, I can't say I blame the kids. Half the curriculum they are being forced to learn is completely useless and immaterial and they can't but help come to the realization that studying for tests on this pointless schlock is a waste of their time and resources.

    Get back to teaching a decent curriculum, hire some teachers/administrators with intellectual/ethical standards, and then maybe kids will stop dismissing their academic ventures as a pointless waste of time. These kids have been given nothing of value to believe in, this is why they don't care about the rules. And we shouldn't be surprised.

  • ddmanka May 7, 2012

    Western wake, evidently reality check does condone it. Why would we allow a kid to get no punishment just by they wanted a higher grade? I don't care if they had a 94 or a 24 if they cheat they get punished. I am sure they've cheated before. Athletes using steroids, husband cheats on wife, Edwards cheat son campaign funds and wife, it's all the same. Punishments do differ.