After suspiciously high grades on a geometry final, students and the Parent Teacher Association at Sky High School speculate that the men’s soccer team cheated on the exam in order to ensure they can play in their championship game.
In order to remain active on the team, athletes must maintain at least a C-grade average. Although nothing is confirmed, mathletes on the Superhero Mathletes team at Sky High School claim they saw players acting suspicious.
“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,” mathlete Aidan P. Ryan said. “It just seems fishy, like they went to make a copy of the exam.”
Coach of the men’s soccer team, Jonah S. Berger defended his players from the allegations.
“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.”
Students in the geometry class are very frustrated because, due to the high grades on the final, they didn’t get a curve to help their grade.
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, but we must be able to prove these allegations are true beyond a reasonable doubt before we are able to discuss possible punishments,” Avi-Yonah said.
The men’s soccer team’s sponsorships, donations, and trophies provide the school with revenue., which some suspect has prompted the administration to be lenient on its players.
A member of the women’s soccer team, Molly V. McCaffert, said she feels there is a double standard between the men’s and women’s teams.
“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,” she said.
Sky High School depends on the men’s soccer team to fund programs, which explains why, when players were caught cheating on a chemistry exam last year, their only punishment was just a one-game suspension.
Many parents called out the school for barely punishing the boys.
“We should not be teaching our kids these kinds of values,” parent Simone D. Chu wrote.“The administration needs to show that honesty is valued over profit, that all kids at this school will be treated fairly.”
Parents said they are concerned that the school isn’t taking the situation seriously and, if they cheated, the boys won’t be rightly punished because the school needs the boy’s team for profit.
After there is enough evidence to prove whether there was cheating on Mr. Franklin’s final or not, all students and parents hope this situation will be treated with fairness and discipline.