Mens’ Soccer Team Accused of Cheating on Final
Members of Sky High School’s men’s soccer team have been accused of stealing answers to a geometry final.
Math teacher Delano F. Franklin recently announced that he saw unusually high grades on the most recent final in geometry. A fellow student, Aidan P. Ryan, also claimed to have seen star soccer players suspiciously entering the math department, and exiting with a sheet of paper — only to return later with multiple sheets.
Cheating scandals are not new to the school or to the team. Last year, five players were caught cheating on a chemistry final. They received a one game suspension, despite protests from parents who believed the players should have received a more severe form of punishment.
Principal Shera L. Avi-Yonah said the administration is “looking into the allegations” and will be “transparent” with the community, but it cannot pursue disciplinary action until there is proof of a violation.
“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.
While the men’s soccer team is under investigation, Sky High’s women’s soccer team said they remain underfunded and under appreciated, despite the numerous championships they have won.
Even with the cheating problems the men’s soccer team has experienced, they continue to get more funding and support from the school. They said they believe the men’s team receives preferential treatment due to paid sponsorships and alumni donations the team receives, which help fund the school’s day-to-day activities.
“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, 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,” Molly V. McCaffert, a member of the women’s soccer team said .
One parent said they were concerned about favoritism and a lack of punishment for academic dishonesty, noting that the school administration must be a model for their students.
“The administration needs to show that honesty is valued over profit, that all kids at this school will be treated fairly.” Simone D. Chu said.