Sky High’s Men’s Soccer Team Subjected to Allegations of Cheating
Cheating claims and concerns of unfair treatment surfaced after a math teacher announced unusually high scores on the geometry final and students accused the men’s soccer team of academic dishonesty.
The afternoon before the geometry final, two players on the men's soccer team walked into and out of the math office, according to math team members that witnessed the event.
The athletes on the men’s soccer team — some of whom were also caught cheating on a chemistry final last year —are required to maintain at least a C grade average in order to play in games, including their upcoming championship game.
Aidan P. Ryan, a member of the school math team, was at school at the time the alleged incident occurred.
“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 … Seems fishy, like they went to make a copy of the exam,” Ryan said.
Sky High’s principal Shera L. Avi-Yonah said the administration is looking into the allegations.
“We do not tolerate and have never tolerated this kind of behavior in our community,” Avi-Yonah said.
However she mentioned that no disciplinary action has been taken because “we must be able to prove these allegations are true beyond a reasonable doubt before we are able to discuss possible punishments.”
Several members of the school community suspect the men’s soccer team has received preferential treatment due to the alumni donations, paid sponsorships, and prestigious championship awards they bring to the school.
The Parent-Teacher Association began a petition to suspend students involved with the cheating.
“The administration needs to show that honesty is valued over profit, that all kids at this school will be treated fairly,” parent Simone D. Chu said.
The issue has also magnified concerns about the alleged double standards that the school has for the men’s soccer team compared to the women’s soccer team.
Although the women’s team has also won multiple championships and has a clean disciplinary track record, its coach and players claim the school prioritizes the men’s team in terms of funding.
Other students said they have also noticed the alleged preferential treatment.
“Maybe I should try out for soccer next year. They get whatever they want,” geometry student said Josh O. Florence said.