Sky High School investigates alleged cheating by the men’s soccer team
After allegedly cheating on their geometry exams, the Sky High School men’s soccer team is under scrutiny from students and parents.
The allegations came after teacher Delano F. Franklin announced that there were some suspiciously high grades scored on the final, and students noted that all the members of the men’s soccer team were enrolled in the course.
Aidan P. Ryan, a mathlete, also came forward to allege that he saw two of the soccer players were seen entering and exiting the math department office the day before the test. While it cannot be confirmed, Ryan said it was “suspicious” and he suspects that the soccer players were making copies of the geometry exam answer key.
Franklin declined to provide comment for The Sky Times.
Following these reports, Principal Shera L. Avi-Yonah stated, “We do not tolerate and have never tolerated this kind of behavior in our community.”
This isn’t the first time the team has grappled with academic honesty concerns, though. Last year, five team members were caught cheating during a chemistry final. At the time, Sky High School suspended the players from one game.
Students and parents expressed outrage and fury. Many believe that the Administration shows favoritism to the men’s soccer team because of their success on the field, which provides substantial contributions to the school’s funding with championship trophies, paid sponsorships and alumni donations.
Meanwhile, other programs like the women’s soccer team said they feel they are unfairly neglected by the administration.
“The women’s soccer team has long been underfunded and underappreciated,”women’s soccer coach Alexis A. Luther said. “We have won multiple state championships, and still are not seen as equals with the men’s team,” Coach of the women’s soccer team, Alexis A. Luther, said.
Molly V. McCaffert, a member of the team, said, “It’s hard ... but I know that we will continue to work our hardest, whether or not we have the same support from the school as the boys team.”
Now, members of the Parent Teacher Association are pushing to escalate the situation. They have started a petition which demands that the men’s soccer team face suspension from school.
“We should not be teaching our kids these kinds of values. 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.
However, an investigation has yet to confirm whether or not the team cheated. “We must be able to prove these allegations are true beyond a reasonable doubt before we are able to discuss possible punishments,” Principal Shera L. Avi-Yonah said.
Jonah S. Berger , the men’s soccer coach, defended the integrity of his players.
“There’s no definitive proof that my boys cheated. They are some of the greatest boys I’ve ever had the pleasure of coaching, Berger said. “They’re hardworking and honest, and I am appalled at how they have been treated by this community.”