Caught copying another student’s homework, a California sophomore was kicked out of honors English. His parents admit he cheated, violating the Academic Honesty Pledge he’d signed at the start of the year. But the cheater’s parents are suing, claiming the teen’s due process rights were violated, reports the San Jose Mercury News. The boy’s father, Jack Berghouse, said the punishment is too severe and could make it harder for his son to get into a top college.
The school offered to let the boy enter the International Baccalaureate program in 11th and 12th grade with others in the honors track and to keep the cheating incident off his transcript. But that wasn’t enough for the parents.
In a Mercury News poll, 84 percent of readers said cheaters shouldn’t get a second chance. Berghouse complains he’s “getting a lot of hate calls” about the lawsuit at his office.
One of my daughter’s high school classmates got away with plagiarizing homework in an honors class, but was rejected by every college that required a teacher’s recommendation letter. He transferred to an elite college — and was expelled for cheating.