JSerra Students Suspected of Cheating on Test

A final exam is taken twice after administrators discover a test was allegedly circulated before the first.

Students in a JSerra Catholic High School literature class had to re-take their final exam when administrators learned that a student had obtained a copy of the test before taking it the first time and shared it with others, the Orange County Register reported.

About 170 students in the private school's Shakespeare's World senior elective class had to retake the final Friday, according to the Register.

The test was first administered last week, the Register reports. But then a student, who was not enrolled in that class, approached administrators about the circulating test.

School officials are still trying to determine the consequences for guilty party. The Register reports:

"We have a zero tolerance toward cheating," [Principal John] Freeh said. "Given our core values, we take integrity very seriously, more seriously than college acceptance and GPAs."

Freeh said the private Catholic high school's six-member discipline review committee would convene next week to discuss the issue, and might move toward suspension or expulsion of the student. Freeh declined to identify the student.

Read the entire Orange County Register article here.


Linda Camisasca February 03, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Hmmm. I find it interesting that the kids that go to a "private", "Catholic High School" would even think of cheating. Perhaps they think that they will be "forgiven" the next time they go to mass? NOT!!!!!
Ken Lopez Maddox February 04, 2013 at 01:49 PM
We all sin. Christ's blood was shed on Calvary's cross for the remission of sins.
Sicmarc February 04, 2013 at 02:41 PM
According to you. I don't believe in that nonsense. I believe it is best to live your life as the best person you can and IF? there is a superior being watching over planet Earth? It would be much happier with that than if I attended weekly meeting and gave a percentage of my income to some lazy person who CLAIMS to know how I should live my life.
fact checker February 04, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Kids are kids no matter where they go to school. Cheating is a reflection on parenting not schools.
Capo Parent February 04, 2013 at 11:53 PM
FC Will support any school no matter what. I'm sure all the parents of the kids who cheated taught their kids how to cheat and failed to teach them any morals or ethics. Do realize how silly you come across?
Teacher February 05, 2013 at 03:36 AM
I'm sure the parents didn't teach these kids to cheat, but I'll be they went to war for them after it happened. I'll bet they marched into the principals office with indignation and blamed everyone but their child. And when the kid got home, think he or she got in trouble from mom or dad? Probably not. It is the lack of severe consequence that emboldens these children.
fact checker February 05, 2013 at 04:27 AM
Totally agree math teacher. I'm sure you've seen it many times. Parents who don't let their children suffer the consequences of their actions are sending the wrong message. The students at J Serra will learn some lessons from their parents, some very valuable life lessons, by observing their reactions to this incident. Kids make bad choices. It's part of growing up. High school students who cheat show little respect for themselves, their parents and their peers as well as their teachers. This lack of respect began years earlier. And it did not begin in the classroom.
Johnny Utah February 05, 2013 at 07:38 PM
I agree. I went to private Catholic school my entire life. A lot of people cheat, they just got caught.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 05, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Follow-up story here: http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/articles/jserra-cheaters-get-window-of-mercy-if-they-come-forward


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