Members of Sky High School’s men’s soccer team are facing allegations of cheating on a geometry final, according to Principal Shera L. Avi-Yonah.
Aidan P. Ryan, who is a student on the Superhero Mathletes, said he saw soccer players from the men’s team walk into Delano F. Franklin’s classroom and emerge with a piece of paper.
“[They] came out with a sheet of paper, walked towards the direction of the library, and then came back pretty quickly with multiple sheets of paper in their hands.” Ryansaid. “It just seems fishy, like they went to make a copy of the exam.”
Franklin said he saw higher scores on the exam but he declined to comment on the accusations.
Principal Shera L. Avi-Yonah said the administration is looking into the allegations.
“The administration is looking into the allegations to the best of our ability and will be as transparent as we can with the community,” Avi-Yonah said
Not everyone feels that the men’s soccer team will face serious consequences if the rumors are proven to be true, mostly, because they view the men’s soccer team as favored by the administration. Last year, members of the soccer team faced allegations of cheating, and the players received a one game suspension.
Alexis A. Luthor, who coaches the women’s soccer team, said the team is still not viewed as favorably as the men’s team.
“We have won multiple state championships, and still are not seen as equals with the men’s team,” Luthor said.
She added that the team “has long been underfunded and underappreciated.”
Molly V. McCaffert, a player for the women’s soccer team, said she feels as though her hard work will never allow her to be seen on the “same level” as the men’s soccer team.
“It’s hard knowing that no matter how many championships we win or how hard we work, we will never be on the same level as the boys team,” McCaffert said.
The women’s soccer team aren’t the only people who think the men’s soccer team don’t face any consequences for their actions. Geometry student Claire C. Parker said she found their actions “annoying.”
“It’s just annoying because those guys clearly cheated on a test that I studied really hard for,” Parker said. “They shouldn’t just be allowed to get away with this.”
Josh O. Florence, who is also a geometry student, said, “Maybe I should try out for soccer next year. They get whatever they want.”