Members of Sky High School’s men's soccer team face allegations of cheating on the final exam for Delano F. Franklin’s geometry class, arising from the unusually high class average and several accounts of players behaving suspiciously outside Mr. Franklin’s office.
While initial gossip of possible cheating quickly faded, members of the Superhero Mathletes came forward to report that two soccer players were seen entering Franklin’s unattended office the day before the geometry final.
Sky High School mathlete Aidan P. Ryan said he saw two of the star soccer players walk into the math department as he was finishing practice.
“They walked in, 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,” Ryan said.
Ryan said this suggested that the soccer players stole the answer key to the exam and made copies to distribute to the rest of the soccer team, though the contents of the documents remain unconfirmed. Players must maintain a minimum C grade average to participate in games.
Geometry teacher Delano F. Franklin did not comment on the allegations but he said he saw unusually high scores on the exam.
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. “We do not tolerate and have never tolerated this kind of behavior in our community, but we must be able to prove these allegations are true beyond a reasonable doubt before we are able to discuss possible punishments.”
While the school attests to transparency, members of the Parent Teacher Association have accused the school of unjust conduct in calls and a petition to suspend the alleged cheaters. Criticism for inaction is not new. Last year, five men’s soccer players were caught cheating on a chemistry final and were suspended for a game. Some students and parents said this was likely due to the school’s reliance on the decorated team for funding. This time, the game at stake is the state championship.
Sky High School parent Simone D. Chu said the school should not teach students “these types of values.”
“The administration needs to show that honesty is valued over profit, that all kids at this school will be treated fairly,” Chu said.
Classmates of the alleged cheaters attest to the aftermath, reporting that the soccer players’ high scores resulted in Mr. Franklin’s decision to refrain from a customary curve. Students claim that despite studying for the exam, they received lower scores than expected.
“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.”
As the school investigates, the men's soccer team remain prime to participate in the upcoming championship.