The case of four students being removed to a state school for cheating has raised a lot of fuss and won the newspapers’ attention. The four Redwood City students were caught copying each others homework and were removed to a regular high school class. Their parents lost the appeal but as the San Jose Mercury News reported the father of one of the students Jack Berghouse institute the sue against the district stating that the removal of his son would have material adverse effect on his son’s future entry of the Ivy League colleges.
Jack Berghouse, the farther of the student, claimed that one of the school’s Code paragraphs stated that the student was removed from the program only after the second case of plagiarism. He said that parents offered the alternative punishment for their kids but the school rejected and he had nothing else to do than to go to court in order to protect his son’s future.
Such an insolent claim aroused indignation in the city. The majority doubted in the eligibility for the lawsuit stating that it was important to teach children to take the consequences of their actions. People accused Berghouse showing a bad example for the community and for his son personally. He was accused in ignoring the school’s Code.
Many people shared their opinions and indignations with the San Jose Mercury News. An 82-year-old chemistry teacher Darrell Linthacum said that was not strict enough punishment for cheaters. He himself fails his students if he notices them cheating. He stated that he could not bear unethical behavior of students.