Men’s Soccer Team Players Face Allegations of Cheating on Geometry Exam
Students, parents, and teachers have called for the suspension of the entire men’s soccer team after allegations of cheating have been levied against its members.
The day before the final, several math team members saw two players sneak into the math office, walk out with a sheet of paper and, minutes later, return to the office with multiple sheets of paper, Aidan P. Ryan told The Sky Times.
Administrators, however, won’t consider suspending any of the players unless they obtain more evidence that they cheated on the exam, according to Principal Shera L. Avi-Yonah.
“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.”
Sky High policy dictates that athletes must maintain at least a C grade average to play in games, leading many students to believe the soccer players cheated on the exam to ensure they would be able to play in their upcoming championship game — a proposition men’s soccer team coach Jonah S. Berger rejected.
“There’s no definitive proof that my boys cheated,” Berger said. “They are some of the greatest boys I’ve ever had the pleasure of coaching. They’re hardworking and honest, and I am appalled at how they have been treated by this community.”
The scandal isn’t the first of its kind to engulf the men’s soccer team. Last year, five players were suspended for a game after getting caught cheating on a chemistry final. At the time, numerous parents complained there should have been a more severe punishment.
In response to the most recent incident, Parent Teacher Association members have started a petition to suspend the students and called the school to complain. Some have also accused the administration of preferential treatment, citing the fact that the soccer team consistently brings the school championship trophies, paid sponsorships, and alumni donations.
“We should not be teaching our kids these kinds of values,” parent Simone D. Chu said. “The administration needs to show that honesty is valued over profit, that all kids at this school will be treated fairly.”
The women’s soccer team also expressed frustration with the response from the administration, but for a different reason — that it’s the latest example of preferential treatment for the men’s 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,” woman soccer player Molly V. McCaffert said.
Other students are also frustrated over the academic ramifications of the unusually high scores, since it resulted in the exam not being curved.
“It’s just annoying because those guys clearly cheated on a test that I studied really hard for,” geometry student Claire C. Parker said. “They shouldn’t just be allowed to get away with this.”