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To Catch A Cheater


Harvard University is currently investigating 123 students who were  accused of cheating on a take-home final exam in the spring. Nearly half the students in an introductory government class are suspected of coming up with answers in groups and/or copying off one another.

Since students at one of the top Ivy League schools in the country are supposedly cheating, and since Staples is one of the best high schools in the country, is it reasonable to assume that cheating occurs here too?

Studies show that many people cheat at least once in their high school career, and students at Staples agree: “Everybody does it!” said an anonymous sophomore. “At least, I’ve never gotten caught to the point where the consequence has been serious.”

The most common cheating techniques are through cell phones, copying homework, or writing information down somewhere hidden.

So, if everybody cheats, then are teachers aware of the problem?

This very question was posed to different teachers in various learning departments, but they all seemed to share the same type of responses:

“I can’t actually recall the last time I found someone cheating in my class.”

“I don’t want to be involved in this.”

“I’ve never had anyone cheat in my class.”

“No comment.”

While teachers may not have willingly admitted to catching cheaters in their classrooms, it is unreasonable to assume that they haven’t experienced it.

English teacher Elizabeth Triggs offered insight into why teachers were not willing to be open about their experiences with cheaters.

“We wouldn’t want a kid to recognize that he or she was the kid in the example and feel uncomfortable,” Triggs said. “Nor do we want a how-to manual on different ways to cheat.”

Experts say that cheating in schools is an epidemic, and parents are under the illusion that their kid will never do it.

However, the truth is that cheating rates have risen and continue to be high. Cheaters believe they won’t get caught, but teachers aren’t naive. They may be tight-lipped about their experiences with catching cheaters, but they’re on the look out





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Isabella Gollomp ’15 is a people’s person.  Bella loves people. And people have a habit of loving her back. So it is no surprise that interviews are her favorite part to journalism. “I love getting to sit down with all these interesting people, and being able to hear their story and share that with the world” Gollomp said, calling conducting an interview both a major responsibility and also a great gift. Bella joined Inklings her sophomore year, but said with a laugh, “I didn’t get good until last year.” She’s not so proud of some of her older stuff, but takes it in stride. She knows the bad articles led to the good ones. Everyone has to start somewhere, right? She’s really proud of her article on Andrew Accardi’s passing last year. She says it was so hard to write about such a sad subject, but that she was really invested in getting the story covered right, and in a respectful way. Bella was invited to the Accardi house and sat down with Andrew’s father, Frank. She felt so welcome, even though she was hesitant to take the story at first. It was such an emotional topic, Gollomp says, but she wanted to test herself, and push her limits. “The most important thing in journalism” Gollomp said, “is just taking risks and stepping out of your comfort zone to get the best possible story.” Gollomp still talks to Frank Accardi. She gets updates about Andrew’s Army, the charity founded in Accardi’s passing. Bella’s empathy and tact has led her to write harder stories, with more sensitive topics. Her personality lets her make friends on the way.  

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    Young StunnaOct 3, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    great article gurrrrlll! speak ya mind doe!