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Chapel Hill Principal: Colleges Inquiring About Cheating

Posted February 28, 2008

— Local colleges and universities have contacted Chapel Hill High School requesting the names of students involved in a cheating scandal, Principal Jackie Ellis said Thursday.

"Legally, we are required to respond to that, and we do, and we feel like it's the right thing to do," she said.

Ellis also said as many as 11 students have been implicated to two incidents. The initial one involved a student in a classroom who took a cell-phone photo of an answer key for a test and distributed it to four to six other students.

Upon investigation, five other students then confessed to having master keys to the school, Ellis said. She said she believes the keys have been circulating for about two years.

"This is extremely sad. It's unfortunate," Ellis said. "Chapel Hill High School is legendary."

School officials have three of the keys, but it's still unclear how many more the might be or how students got them.

"It's just a lot of stories out there," Ellis said. "It's very hard to nail down, at this time, how they got the key."

The school's assistant principal and school resource officer from the Chapel Hill police have been able to implicate two students who have come into the building, and they continue to investigate other reports.

All exterior school doors are in the process of being re-keyed, Ellis said. New master keys will be issued to only a few people.

"Does that mean other keys aren't floating out there? No, of course not," she said. "Our hope is that as we secure the building, we're going to alleviate some of it."

Ellis notified parents of the situation last Thursday in an e-mail message. Earlier this week, officials said they had only been able to identify four students. They face out-of-school suspension and a zero grade on the test in question.

Other students could be punished as they are implicated, but Ellis said the school does not plan to file charges.

"It is a school issue. We are handling the situation internally," she said. "We have disciplined appropriately."

Ellis expressed confidence that the school could weather the cheating incidents.

"We are going to move forward, not by ignoring it, but by investigating it and finding out exactly what the truth is," she said.


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  • Justin T. Feb 29, 2008

    I'll bet Donald Trump or any other corporate mogul would hire these kids in a heartbeat. They represent the best of what America has to offer in the current generation.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Feb 29, 2008

    xxxxxxxxxxxxx: And you are so educated? Thanks for the response. You made my day. Now I know. :) lol

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Feb 29, 2008

    dataclerk, it's hard to answer since your posts don't make any sense.

  • Ajay F.S. Feb 29, 2008

    Also, it would really be bad if some of these kids that are not just cheating but breaking and entering and stealing are also winning scholarships over the honest, hard-working kids.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Feb 29, 2008

    has had enough: your name title says it all. Get real!

  • has had enough Feb 29, 2008

    "You cannot get to the top by cheating, once you are found out, you will be dismissed from your job etc. How can you be proud of yourself if you cheat?"

    I dunno, W. has been lying and cheating since he took office and he seems pretty proud of himself...

  • nisa-pizza Feb 29, 2008

    I sure would be upset if I found out that my child was not accepted to a college he wanted to attend because of someone who cheated like that got better grades. This has been going on for at least two years now and I'm sure some of the cheaters that have already graduated have gotten to the college of their choice.

    There are tons of hard working honest kids out there who get good grades HONESTLY only to be bumped by students who make a habit of doing this.

    In essence these kids have stolen some deserving kids' futures to the colleges of their choices. (Which in turn may impact their future employment.) Any parent that doesn't think this is a big deal is wrong.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Feb 29, 2008

    xxxxxxxxxxxxx: Whatever! What your point? There are a lot of college educated fools in this world. Are you one of them. If you answer, I will know. lol

  • Dr. Dataclerk Feb 29, 2008

    Correction: These are children of parents who ARE CHEATING on their taxes. May these parents be caught and penalized for their actions. :)

  • Dr. Dataclerk Feb 29, 2008

    The holy'er than thou people are the ones complaining. Check out this board. lol lol

    I also agree these are the children of parents who are not cheating on their taxes. I hope they get caught too and have to pay a high penalty for doing wrong.