Men’s Soccer Team Players Face Allegations of Cheating
The high scores on finals in math teacher Delano F. Franklin’s geometry class started rumors that the men’s soccer team had cheated on the exam and caused mixed feelings to bubble amongst students, parents, and staff.
While Franklin and the math department did not comment on this situation, the Sky Times was able to get a statement from a few “Superhero Mathletes.” The Mathletes went to Franklin to let him know that they saw two of the star soccer players sneak into his office the day before the exam, and come out with a sheet of paper. They cannot exactly confirm if this was the exam sheet.
“They walked in, came out with a sheet of paper, walked in the direction of the library, came back pretty quickly with multiple sheets of paper in their hands. It just seems fishy, like they went to make a copy of the exam,” Aidan P. Ryan, a mathlete who was present at the scene, said.
Jonah S. Berger, coach of the men’s soccer team, said he does not believe these rumors. According to him, his players are innocent.
Berger said he has faith in his players and continues to advocate for them.
“There’s no definitive proof that my boys cheated,” he said. “They’re hard working and honest, and I am appalled at how they have been treated in this community.”
However, a few geometry students, parents, and the women's soccer team are demanding the boys face more severe punishment.
The school received several calls from the Parent Teacher Association who complained and signed petitions to have the players suspended.
The men’s soccer team is known for winning championships and bringing in opportunities and profits that help keep the school stay afloat. Some have cited this as the reason for why administrators have mostly been quiet about this situation.
Though Principal Shera L. Avi-Yonah claimed administrators are looking into the allegations and are trying to be as transparent as they can with the community. They are still investigating before discussing possible punishments.
Alexis A. Luther, coach of the women’s soccer team, insists that this is the latest example of the double standard whereby the administration treats the men’s and women’s teams. She said her players are frustrated with how the administration is handling the situation.
Other students also said they believe the administration displays preferential treatment towards the men’s soccer team.
“Maybe I should try out for soccer next year. They get whatever they want,” geometry student Josh O. Florence said.