Alleged Cheating Scandal Ignites Allegations of Athlete Favoritism
Members of the Sky High men’s soccer team are facing allegations that they cheated on a final math exam in order to qualify to play in the upcoming championship game.
When mathematics teacher Delano F. Franklin finished grading final exams, he noticed that the class average was unusually high, sparking rumors that members of the men’s soccer team, all of whom are in Mr. Franklin’s class, had cheated on the exam.
The school administration claims it is taking the claims against the soccer players seriously, but is proceeding with caution.
“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,” said principal Shera L. Avi-Yonah.
Members of Sky High’s math team, the Superhero Mathletes, said they saw two soccer players enter Mr. Franklin’s empty office and emerge with a sheet of paper.
“They walked in, came out with a sheet of paper, walked towards the direction of the library, and then came back with multiple sheets of paper in their hands,” Aidan P. Ryan, a Mathlete, said. “It just seems fishy, like they went to make a copy of the exam.”
While he could not confirm whether the sheet of paper he saw contained the answers to the geometry exam, Ryan felt it was important to come forward with this information.
Jonah S. Berger, the coach of the men’s soccer team, whose members must maintain at least a C average in order to play in games, denied Ryan’s accusation.
“There’s no definitive proof that my boys cheated,” Mr. Berger said. “They are some of the greatest boys I’ve ever had the pleasure of coaching. They are hardworking and honest, and I am appalled at how they are being treated by this community.”
Parents expressed frustration with what they said was inaction by Avi-Yonah.
“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,” said parent Simone D. Chu.
“Maybe I should try out for soccer next year,” said student Josh O. Florence. “They get whatever they want.”
Last year, a group of five soccer players were caught cheating on a chemistry final and were suspended from one game, drawing calls from parents and students that they should have received harsher punishment.