Following Cheating Investigation, Ward Melville Administration Moves On

School sends home letter to affected students; some not satisfied with the outcome.

According to a report published Thursday in The Village Times Herald, Ward Melville principal Alan Baum sent home a three-page letter to the families of students affected by the AP History homework cheating incident last spring, explaining the steps taken to close the investigtion and indicating the district has moved on from the incident.

The report quotes Baum as writing: "I take great value in the lessons that we have learned and as we move forward, believe this experience will help our students acquire the skills and wherewithal to protect their digital lives." Baum declined to comment further when contacted by the newspaper.

However, not all parents are satisfied with the outcome. John Bucalo is one such parent, according to The Village Times Herald. While the district analyzed IP addresses and interviewed students to conclude the investigation, Bucalo said the administration didn't have sufficient evidence to penalize his daughter in the incident.

"I did research on rules and consequences. … This issue is not dealt with at all," Bucalo told the newspaper.

Click here to read the full story from The Village Times Herald.

Digusted October 06, 2012 at 01:22 PM
People have to stop making excuses for their kids. Cheating is cheating. This is the problem with education today- too much parent intervention. Kids must be held responsible for their actions. Parents can't come to the rescue of their kids. Kids have to realize that their are consequences for their actions. Otherwise they grow up to be entitled young adults. Shame!!!!
Educator October 07, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I think the District should have done more in terms of consequences for the student's actions. Cheating is cheating and they need to learn from their dishonesty.
JuniorDad October 09, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Like a true politician, Alan Baum reversed course and did not punish the cheating kids as much as he should have. Someone told me that all cheating kids are being inducted into the national honor society. If this is true, it is a mockery of the standards of the national honor society. It devalues the many honest kids that rightly should be inducted. Apparently, Alan could not handle the withering criticism and legal challenges from the parents of the cheaters. Three Village is a nice place to live, but many parents are highly entitled and feel their kids can do anything they want, including cheating, with impunity. The highs school is a rat race of academic competitiveness.


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