- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ARNAUDVILLE, La. (AP) - Beau Chene (SHEN) High School has suspended at least 45 students as part of an investigation into a student who changed grades during the last six weeks through a web-based computer program.

Principal Keith James tells The Advertiser (https://bit.ly/1xyfhMA) the student gained access to a program called Powerschool by obtaining a teacher’s password and was able to change grades for several students.

James added that the student would sometime charge money to change other students’ grades, but would also change them as favors. One student at the school said some of those favors were sexual in nature.

Some students did not know that their grades had been changed, the principal said, but the ones who knew that their grades were changed were suspended for not notifying teachers or administrators.

The student who was changing grades for others did so “for his own reasons,” the principal said.

“It’s pretty shocking,” senior Julian Tibbs said. He also said he knew the student who was changing grades and “he seemed like a cool dude.”

Andrew Morgan, another senior, said the student may have gotten access to Powerschool by helping a substitute teacher log into the system after a full-time teacher left a password with the sub.

“He changed grades for kids he liked and for kids he didn’t like,” Morgan said - meaning that the student apparently raised and lowered grades. Morgan and others added that the student was not popular at the school.

James said the tip came from a concerned parent.

James said the suspensions varied based on students’ involvement. He declined to discuss the length of any student’s suspension.

About 815 students attend the school, located between Grand Coteau and Arnaudville.

Last April, Southwood High School in Shreveport suspended 18 seniors involved in a similar grade hacking scheme.

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Information from: The Advertiser, https://www.theadvertiser.com


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