Tata supports punishment in Panther Creek cheating

Posted May 4, 2012 3:04 p.m. EDT
Updated May 4, 2012 3:33 p.m. EDT

— Wake County school Superintendent Tony Tata on Friday said he supports administrators' decisions to punish students caught cheating on a test at Cary's Panther Creek High School.

"We take all allegations of cheating seriously, and we care not just about test scores but working to develop the character of the whole person," Tata told reporters at his weekly news briefing. "We take this very seriously."

A junior was suspended and four others were placed in detention after comments surfaced on a social networking site about the cheating.

"A fellow student made the right decision to report that," Tata said.

Tata said that the student who was suspended took a photo of an advanced copy of a test and distributed it to the other students, some of whom are in advanced classes and rank in the top 10 percent of their class.

School system policy dictates that the students be given a chance to take a similar test. That grade will be factored into their overall grade.