Members of the men’s soccer team are facing allegations that they cheated on the geometry final taught by Delano F. Franklin.
In order for them to play in their championship, the team had to receive a C or higher on the math final.
A mathlete, Aidan P. Ryan said he was outside the math classroom after school and saw two star soccer players walking into the classroom and leaving with pieces of paper.
“The door is always open in the math department, but no one is usually in there at 5 o’clock,” Ryan said. “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.
“It just seems fishy, like they went to make a copy of the exam,” he added.
Delano F. Franklin, the math teacher, said he noticed that students scored higher on the final than normal leaving him suspicious of his students. Franklin declined to comment for this article.
Students, teachers, and parents have signed petitions demanding the suspension of the students.
Simone D. Chu, a parent, said she was concerned that the school is not taking more actions against the students.
“We should not be teaching our kids these kinds of values,” Chu said. “The administration needs to show that honesty is valued over profit, that all kids at this school will be treated fairly.”
Members of the men’s soccer team allegedly cheated on their chemistry final last year. The team has always been highly valued in the school as they brought in championship trophies, paid sponsorships, and alumni donations helping the school stay adrift.
The men’s coach, Jonah S. Berger denied the allegations, saying that “there’s no definitive proof that my boys cheated.”
Members of the women’s soccer team also expressed frustration over the allegations, describing it as symptomatic of a disparity in treatment between the men’s and women’s soccer 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,” Molly V. McCafferty, a member of the women’s soccer team, said. “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.”