- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California school district official has resigned over a decision to expel 11 students in a computer-hacking scandal.

Jane Garland, who was in charge of discipline, resigned Wednesday from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

Garland tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/LRw86m ) that she recommended lighter punishment for the students but was ignored.

She’s argued that not all the students were equally culpable and that the investigation was mishandled.

The students were expelled last week from Corona del Mar High School for an alleged scheme to hack school computers to change grades and steal exams. Authorities suspect a private tutor was involved but he can’t be found. Parents say he may have worked with as many as 150 students.

The Times says a district spokesperson couldn’t be reached for comment.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com