Honors student is devastated for being caught cheating; parents sue school district
Some folks believe that honors students don't cheat. When the stakes are high enough, they do.
Two honors students were expelled from an honors English class for copying homework. They admit they cheated.
The parents feel the expulsion and other penalties are too severe and too vague. So, they are suing the district.
With the clock ticking, it's not likely they will be able to reinstate their son into the program. The best they can do is to get the district to clarify policies and penalties.
The parents of a sophomore at Sequoia High School in Redwood City have sued the district for kicking the student out of an honors English class last month for copying a classmate's homework.
The lawsuit, filed April 18 in San Mateo County Superior Court, claims the teenager's due process rights were violated. It names as defendants the Sequoia Union High School District, District Superintendent James Lianides and Sequoia High School Principal Bonnie Hansen.
The sophomore had signed an "Academic Honesty Pledge" at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year that declares cheating is grounds for immediate removal from the advanced-level program; his mother also had signed it.