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POLL: Should Dad Sue School District Over Son's Cheating Punishment?

The parent of a Sequoia High student is suing the school district for dropping his son from an honors class for cheating on homework; the action has drawn a national debate.

The pressure on high school students to achieve great things in order to get into a top college is immense, and scoring high in advanced placement classes is almost mandatory. But with high-pressure academics comes high standards. So when four students in an honors English class at in Redwood City copied and shared homework, the consequences swift and serious.

As reported last week in  the San Jose Mercury News  the four students accused of cheating were transferred to a lower level class, which prompted the father of one of the boys, Jack Berghouse, to file a lawsuit against the saying his son's rights were violated.

The lawsuit has outraged many who say it students should face the consequences of their actions. Others support Berghouse's suit because they feel his son's future will be harmed by possibly not getting admitted to an Ivy League school. 

What has ensued has been an outpouring of opinion on the topic of the real lesson being taught here--what's more important, learning to do the right thing, or doing everything necessary to get into the best college?

Take our poll below, and tell us in the comments whether you think this father's lawsuit is warranted. 

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Tommy Tee May 01, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Nope--he signed the form which said he'd get removed NO EXCEPTIONS and he signed it. Typical entitled kid whose parents want to bail him out of consequences.
Andrew May 01, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Jeff, it's not just a piece of paper. It's a contract that ALL students AND their parents had to sign. The student AND the father perfectly knew the consequences of cheating and there is no other way around it. It is true that many high school students cheat, but this kid just happened to be caught. It is still unacceptable and the punishment is fair.
TruthSpeaker May 01, 2012 at 05:15 AM
The issue nearly all of you are concerned with is 'cheating', as if there is some universal definition that everyone agrees upon. Here it seems that the 'cheating' centers upon sharing journals. Engineering colleges discourage isolated learning, and promote the development of team activity. According to the attitudes expressed here, team activity would be defined as cheating. Are you suggesting that engineering colleges promote cheating?
Julius Caesar May 02, 2012 at 07:16 PM
why does it have to be a race issue? why is the dumbass country so obsessed with that notion. it has nothing to do with the fact the kid was white or black or whatever, it has to do with his parents being ignorant idiot retards. stop being such a bigot!
Julius Caesar May 02, 2012 at 07:31 PM
u r lame

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