Students changed grades in school system's computers

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At least a dozen Glenn Hills High School students changed their grades using a stolen computer password, a school system spokesman said Thursday.

The Georgia Department of Education contacted the school system last week when it was uncovered that a student had a score for a test that he had never taken, said Louis Svehla, director of public information for Richmond County. Twelve students in the credit recovery program -- a statewide program set up to help students earn credits for classes they failed -- have been suspended five days each. The investigation is continuing and stricter punishments could be issued, officials said.

"To my knowledge, there will be no criminal charges," Mr. Svehla said.

The investigation will determine how many of the 30 students in the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program participated in the act, he said. It will also determine how the password was stolen.

Georgia Virtual School, a part of the state Department of Education that oversees the credit recovery program, noticed grading irregularities and notified Richmond County, state education spokesman Dana Tofig said Thursday, but he would not go into detail as to how the students cheated.

"Grades were changed in a way that raised a red flag," he said.

Mr. Tofig said the cheating was discovered in late October. The grade levels, names and ages of the suspended students were not made public.

There were eight Richmond County students disciplined last year for computer trespassing, according to state records.

Reach Greg Gelpi at (706) 828-3851or greg.gelpi@augustachronicle.com.

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Tujeez
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Tujeez 11/21/08 - 01:48 am
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Just practicing for the

Just practicing for the "REAL" world. I know, I know, it's all Bushs' fault.

Lakefront1
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Lakefront1 11/21/08 - 02:18 am
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With kids, everything is

With kids, everything is funny. It is time the system cleans that smile off their faces. If they are going to do the crime they should be prepared to do the time.

jebko
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jebko 11/21/08 - 04:15 am
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The big give away was white

The big give away was white out on the monitor screen! Unconfirmed sources say the students were blonde and female!

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 11/21/08 - 04:32 am
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jebko, you were just WAITING

jebko, you were just WAITING for the chance to use that bad joke, weren't ya?!? LOL!

Tujeez
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Tujeez 11/21/08 - 05:03 am
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Well, they DID set the

Well, they DID set the program up to help kids that failed....... I guess they just decided to "Help Themselves".

Martinez
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Martinez 11/21/08 - 06:45 am
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They knew of this issue in

They knew of this issue in October but waited until this week to release the story... Let's see.... Could some of the students be on the football team? I am just curious if there was a reason for delaying this story until after the football team's playoff stint came to an end. And if so, the students aren't the only ones who need to be reprimanded.

fd1962
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fd1962 11/21/08 - 06:48 am
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Those Young Republican Clubs
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Those Young Republican Clubs have always been resourceful.

LadyCisback
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LadyCisback 11/21/08 - 07:07 am
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Not the smartest bunch in the

Not the smartest bunch in the school.. they got caught!!

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 11/21/08 - 07:45 am
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Yes, you can tell the Bush

Yes, you can tell the Bush constituents. I thought that they would have learned from Water Gate?

DonH
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DonH 11/21/08 - 07:52 am
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There needs to be better

There needs to be better computer security at this school. A monthly change of the access password mostlikely would have eliminated the security breach. There are so many other computer security methods, also. We need remember that Ft Gordon, the Army's Communication Training School, is in our backyard. Kids are so resorcefull in helping themselves these days. It's up to the adults to be one step ahead to keep them honest!

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r11mcbell 11/21/08 - 07:56 am
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This is treated like a joke

This is treated like a joke by many who m ade comments here. Actually it is a disgrace. These students should be suspende for the remainder of the semester, not the thanksgiving holidays. It is truly a diservice for those students who actually try and maybe study.
At the very least they should discover who stole the code and prosecute them.

outspokenmomof4
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outspokenmomof4 11/21/08 - 08:03 am
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5 days that's all!!!!Now

5 days that's all!!!!Now that's a JOKE!!!

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 11/21/08 - 08:19 am
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the whole rich cnty school

the whole rich cnty school system and georgia educational system is a big joke!!! credit recovery PROGRAM?!?!?!?!?!? hey how about making the student who fail their classes just RETAKE THE CLASSES...PERIOD!!! why is a "PROGRAM" needed to have students earn credits on classes they failed???? i just don't get it, but let me try to understand...a glenn hills students, chances are is a functional illiterate fails a class, now instead of taking the class over this student then enters into a "PROGRAM" to earn credits for the class he/she failed. so my question now becomes what type of course will the student take in order to earn the credits missed by failing the original class?? or is it just one other method used to keep the bad students butts in the seats in order to continue to recieve fed/state educational funds. if it was up to me they would be expelled from the school system for good. let them and their sorry and trifling parents find and pay another school system to take them

godogs
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godogs 11/21/08 - 08:31 am
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When dishonesty starts at

When dishonesty starts at home it breeds into everyday life. This will become a pattern for them instead of taking responsibility they will be given a way out of the situation. Earn a few credits and all will be ok. Give me a break! I guess this is how they will expect life to be after school. Cheat the system and the system will take care of you, you won't have to go to work to do an honest days work, it will come to your mail box. I am sure these parents must be oh so proud of them. If it were my children I would be sitting beside them in class each day even if it meant I had to take time off of work and I would start by embarressing them in front of their friends and I as a parent would make them take the classes over. You do have to the right to do that PARENTS! WAKE UP AND MAKE YOUR CHILDREN BE RESPONSIBLE! I expect my children to become honest, hard working, self supportive adults one day. I guess I learned that from home though when my dad found out my sister cut class and got 5 hours detention and he went to the school and added 20 more hours. We learned responsibility at home and if we didn't he made sure we leared it at school.

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augfootball1 11/21/08 - 08:31 am
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i think that is a very good

i think that is a very good point about the football question.. in fact when the tv news reported it last night, they kept showing the football field, football equipment and locker rooms.. ????????????

Bizarro
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Bizarro 11/21/08 - 08:33 am
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Perhaps there is a future for

Perhaps there is a future for these little misfits in the computer science field or perhaps WallStreet. hee,hee,hee.

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soldout 11/21/08 - 08:39 am
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We kick God and prayer out of

We kick God and prayer out of the classroom and expect good results. All wisdom comes from God but we think we can have a good society without it. Has anyone noticed it's not working???

GSneed
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GSneed 11/21/08 - 09:11 am
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Future hackers of the next

Future hackers of the next generation...?

KingJames
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KingJames 11/21/08 - 09:55 am
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If the purpose of this

If the purpose of this program was to help students earn credits for classes they had failed, it would be impossible for a football player to be in the program. Athletes have to pass their classes, not be enrolled in programs that will give them credit for classes they have already failed. As far as the breach of information, well there are ways to provide more secure systems than just a password. The only problem with that is that those ways are not cheap to develop and implement. I know because I work for a company that develops government applications that use smartcard technology with biometrics (fingerprint scanning) to validate and authenticate users as part of system security. That's something that I don't think Richmond County is ready to pay for yet. Just because this happened at Glenn Hills doesn't make it a new thing. School kids have been altering grades since the beginning of time. Kids see these things on TV and think that they can get away with it as well. This problem doesn't just exist at Glenn Hills, and if you think it does you are living in a bubble. I do think that Mr. Chambers should have given them a more severe punishment, though.

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Daddyrabbit 11/21/08 - 09:56 am
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I don.t get to read these

I don.t get to read these much any more, but, this should NOT go unpunished!!! And thank you fd1962 and HYPOCRITES 08 for pointing out that these are young republicans.....But that's got to be true as the democrats ARE NOT THAT SMART!!!!!

augfootball1
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augfootball1 11/21/08 - 10:12 am
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king james, thats just isnt

king james, thats just isnt a true statement. athletes can fail 2 every year to stay eligible. which means they only have to pass 5 out of 7, so YES,, a football player could be in this program to try to make up classes that they failed but might need to make up to graduate. if a player was in this and cheated, then he would of been suspended and had to sit out this season, so the question about whether this was hidden until after the season is a very legit question

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Riverman1 11/21/08 - 10:34 am
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Learning to cheat in high

Learning to cheat in high school and college means they will do fantastic in real life. Cheating is not easy.

KingJames
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KingJames 11/21/08 - 10:41 am
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Augfootball, if what you say

Augfootball, if what you say is true, then thanks for the enlightenment. I have always had a problem with these programs anyway. To my knowledge, they weren't around when I was going to high school. If you failed back then, you had to go to summer school. Now they have these programs, Saturday school, and summer school. It doesn't make sense to me to spend all that money on kids who don't want to learn in the first place. I know of a kid who cut the after school program, and then flunked out of summer school. To me, that says he didnt' want to learn. To have the students repeat their grades during a normal school year is an incentive to try to pass, as having to repeat a grade isn't cool. I still stand by the fact that this is not just a Glenn Hills problem, though. I'm not excusing it at all, but I am saying that it could have happened at Lakeside, Westside, Johnson, or Davidson as well.

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LynxRHot 11/21/08 - 10:50 am
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A kid comes forward at Evans

A kid comes forward at Evans about a weapon and gets put in alternative school....now in richmond county kids get caught cheating and get a slap on the hand.....what a joke!!!!!!

Bizarro
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Bizarro 11/21/08 - 11:05 am
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Cheating is an epidemic in

Cheating is an epidemic in our society from grade school to college and in the workforce. Basically one would conclude your average american isn't very ethical.

fd1962
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fd1962 11/21/08 - 11:07 am
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Good point, DaddyRabbit. lol
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Good point, DaddyRabbit. lol

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Farful 11/21/08 - 11:14 am
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pretty funny.

pretty funny.

Talkatoast
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Talkatoast 11/21/08 - 11:25 am
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soldout, we shouldn't put God

soldout, we shouldn't put God back in the classroom. Believe it or not, there are people who do not believe in god. They live their life based on MORALS! You do not have to be religious to have positive morals. There is freedom of religion in school. At my old high school, students could read Bibles during class, hold individual prayer sessions, and hold prayer breakfasts. We even had a club for Christians. We do not, however, need to get those who do not believe in God involved in God, as it is highly offensive to them. Just because someone does not believe in God does not make them immoral. There are immoral Christians, and there are immoral people.

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Craig Spinks 11/21/08 - 12:08 pm
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(O)utspokenmomof4" is

(O)utspokenmomof4" is correct: Five-day suspensions for compromising the grading process is a joke.

Talkatoast
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Talkatoast 11/21/08 - 12:16 pm
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Everything is getting

Everything is getting ridiculous. Normally good students are now getting several days of ISS for a minimum of three tardies. It's incredulous that these juveniles are given only five-days suspension for doing something entirely illegal. Are not these students aware that what they did was illegal? Make it a crime, not a misdemeanor.

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